PROCLAMATION 6096—FEB. 16, 1990 104 STAT. 5215 Financial support from the Federal Government and the American Heart Association has helped physicians and scientists make many advances in cardiovascular health care. However, these funds have also provided for valuable educational programs designed to help individual Americans learn what they can do to avoid heart attack and stroke. For example, we now know the importance of a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet, and we understand the need to control high blood pressure. Americans have also accepted warnings about the dangers of smoking, and what was once a socially acceptable habit has now become unacceptable. Controlling one's weight and exercising regularly have also become a healthy part of the life-styles of many of our citizens. Although significant progress has been made in the struggle to overcome cardiovascular disease, the major killer of Americans, we must not become complacent. As we enter a new decade, it is fitting that we strengthen and renew our commitment to winning this battle. In recognition of the need for all Americans to become involved in the ongoing fight against cardiovascular diseases, the Congress, by Joint Resolution approved December 30, 1963 Sjl Stat. 843; 36 U.S.C. 169b), has requested that the President issue an annual proclamation designating February as "American Heart Month." NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the month of February 1990 as American Heart Month. I invite the Governors of the States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in reaffirming our commitment to combating cardiovascular diseases and stroke. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 13th day of February, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fourteenth. • GEORGE BUSH Proclamation 6096 of February 16, 1990 National Visiting Nurse Associations Week, 1990 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation The personalized, cost-effective home care provided by Visiting Nurse Associations is a great blessing to thousands of Americans affected by illness, injury, or disability. Visiting Nurse Associations are voluntary, independently operated community organizations that offer a wide range of medical care and support services—including specialized nursing services, physical and occupational therapy, nutritional counseling, and meals. Through Visiting Nurse Associations, qualified health care professionals and volunteers generously bring not only their knowledge and skills but also welcome companionship to homebound Americans in rural and urban communities.