Xavier Will See Red on February 26

American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign | February 11, 2008

The Xavier University Women's Center and the Aspiring Women Professionals student club are partnering with the American Heart Association to help the campus “Go Red for Women” to promote heart disease awareness on Tuesday February 26.

 

The American Heart Association is working to change the perception that heart disease is a "man's disease." By teaching women how to talk to their doctors about heart disease, thousands of lives can be saved every year, because heart disease is often preventable.

 

On February 26, the Xavier campus will be asked to wear red clothes or a red accessory - a red blouse, a red dress, a red pin, a red purse, red lipstick, a red tie or red socks.  Spreading the “Go Red for Women” message -love your heart- raises awareness of heart disease among the women you care about and empowers them to reduce their risk. The splash of red is a visible reminder to think about heart health.

 

“This initiative helps raise awareness about health inequities in America, and clearly illustrates that those inequities are often rooted in gender,” says Jennifer Wies, director of Xavier’s Women’s Center.  “Furthermore, this initiative compels us to take action to prevent illness among the women in our lives.”

 

Xavier’s Gallagher Student Center will be decorated in red. The Association for Women Professionals will have a table with information and heart healthy tips. AWP will sell a t-shirt and donate the funds to the AHA. Members of the Xavier University community can enter for a chance to win a “Go Red for Women” bracelet by signing up for e-mails from the American Heart Association.