Aggies Go Red Set for Feb. 6

In observance of National Go Red for Women’s Health and National Wear Red Day, North Carolina A&T State University has partnered with the American Heart Association (AHA) to present the fourth annual Aggies Go Red event, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 in the Student Health Center on campus.

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

“It’s extremely important that we raise awareness and encourage our faculty, staff and students to adopt heart-healthy habits,” said university health educator Kaye B. Ziglar. “We also want them to be aware of their family history and possible predisposition to this and other chronic diseases.”

This year’s Aggies Go Red event will feature community exhibits, health screenings, physical fitness demonstrations 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.

A&T’s Aggies Go Red events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Janet Lattimore or Kaye Ziglar.