Aggies Go Red for Women’s Heart Health on Feb. 5

Aggies Go Red for Women’s Heart Health on Feb. 5

In observance of National Go Red for Women’s Health and National Wear Red Day, North Carolina A&T State University Student Health Center has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to present the fifth annual Aggies Go Red event, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5 at the health center.

February is designated as American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. Because African Americans and women are disproportionately affected, N.C. A&T health professionals say it’s imperative for the university and the AHA to do their part to raise awareness about risk factors and ways to prevent the chronic disease.

“We are always seeking to move the needle on health disparities as it relates to this population,” said university health educator Janet Lattimore. “We want to encourage our students to start thinking about these health disparities and chronic diseases at an earlier age because they can start to develop or prevent them based on their health habits.”

This year’s Aggies Go Red event will feature community exhibits, health screenings, physical fitness demonstrations that include line dancing and African drumming, and a demonstration by Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr., who will prepare a quick and easy heart-healthy recipe.

National Wear Red Day began in 2003 when the AHA and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute partnered to raise awareness of a disease that many believe affects more men than women. 

Aggies Go Red events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Janet Lattimore, janetl@ncat.edu.