Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo hosts Lieutenant Governor’s Committee on Cardiovascular Health Summit

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 20, 2009  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

February is National Heart Health Month—an annual campaign which encourages improved cardiovascular wellbeing through healthy, positive lifestyle choices. Today in Kentucky, Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo led awareness efforts about this important initiative by hosting the Lieutenant Governor’s Committee on Cardiovascular Health Summit at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.

In partnership with the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association, the committee chaired by Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo includes healthcare leaders from public, private and non-profit organizations. Representatives from University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Kentucky Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control and other health advocacy groups were all present at today’s event for an active exchange of ideas and innovative new policy initiatives.

Discussions amongst attendees and panelists revolved around several key issues affecting heart health in Kentucky including:

  • How can healthcare leaders more effectively combat cardiovascular disease?
  • What can be done to help lower the prevalence of health conditions associated with cardiovascular disease?
  • What affect do the costs of cardiovascular care have on the local, state and national budgets?

Participants heard leaders from diverse perspectives discuss how to combat heart disease. Speakers included Kentucky physician Dr. Patrick Withrow—a cardiologist and community advocate—who discussed the relationship between heart health, childhood obesity and chronic illness, and Tonya Chang—director of the American Heart Association for Kentucky—who discussed statewide and regional goals for AHA.

“As a practicing physician from Eastern Kentucky, I understand first hand the importance of raising awareness about cardiovascular health,” said Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo. “It is time all citizens recognize the importance of taking care of their hearts, and I am honored today to join such a distinguished group in discussions about how to best approach this all-important issue.”

Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo has been an advocate for heart health awareness since taking office in 2007, participating in Go Red for Women! in February 2008 and serving as the second state in the country to launch the National Lieutenant Governor’s Association, Your Heart is in Your Hands program. For more information on how to participate in the Your Heart is in Your Hands, visit