According to data from the National Vital Statistics Report from December 2011, of almost 2.5 million U.S. deaths in 2009, 24.6 percent were caused by heart disease. This percentage is higher than any other single cause of death reported.
Go Red for Women, a national initiative sponsored by the American Heart Association, has come to UNC Charlotte to raise awareness for heart disease.
The Department of Public Health will host an event Friday, Feb. 1, as a way to conclude two weeks of raising awareness for the disease. On that day, the department encourages students to wear red and attend a social gathering which will feature heart healthy snacks.
Associate Professor and coordinator for the event, Jan Warren-Findlow is looking forward to the final leg of the event. She has spent weeks planning, working with other directors and becoming comfortable with the Facebook page in an attempt to spread awareness across campus.
Jan. 21, the department asked students to wear red, take photos and post them to the department’s Facebook page. The captions of these photos were “Go Red,” encouraging others to become aware of heart disease. Jan. 28, photos uploaded had the caption of “Got Red.” This caption showed the support system of the aware participants and the transition of the cause. Feb. 1, the final caption will be “Show Red.”
To conclude the Go Red for Women event there will be a campus social event, sponsored by the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services and community partners. The event, which will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 128 of the College of Health and Human Services, will have food and beverages that are healthy for the heart. Guests are encouraged to wear red. Students interested in attending are required to register for the event online.
For students in the College of Health and Human Services there will also be a heart disease themed poster contest Feb. 1. First, second and third place winners will win gift cards to stores such as Barnes and Noble.
A five-year partner of the American Heart Association, Warren-Findlow was ecstatic to take on the opportunity of coordinator this year for many reasons.
“Women’s heart disease doesn’t get a lot of press. Not as much as breast cancer, which effects far fewer people,” said Warren-Findlow.
For more information contact Jan Warren-Findlow at email@example.com.