Campus community to wear red to help fight heart disease

SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley has joined “Go Red for Women,” a first-ever campus fundraiser for the American Heart Association, urging the campus community to wear something red on Friday, Feb. 4, to support the effort.

Jeffrey Grimshaw, interim director of the college’s Office of Business and Community Relations, said employee representatives around campus have launched a campaign that spins off the AHA’s annual National Wear Red Day. President Stanley is a member of the American Heart Association 2011 “Go Red for Women” Executive Team.

“The Wear Red Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the nation’s No. 1 killer of women, heart disease, which kills 1 in 3 women (among all deaths) each year,” Grimshaw said. “We would like our campus community of staff, faculty and students to join us on Feb. 4 to raise awareness, save a life and Wear Red.”

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that Friday, a table in the Campus Center will sell heart-smart goodies, provide heart-healthy information, blood-pressure screening and a chance to donate. For a donation of $5 or more, SUNY Oswego’s red-clad citizens will receive a dress pin and the appreciation of the “Go Red for Women” team. A group picture will take place near that table at noon that day.

“Since we’re an educational institution, we thought this would be a great opportunity to get the word out about the fight against heart disease,” said Dawn Holynski, secretary to OBCR’s interim director and a leading organizer of the fundraiser. She pointed out that the “Go Red for Women” name for the event really includes “and Men,” as well.

The American Heart Association reports that cardiovascular diseases —including the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, heart disease and stroke—kill nearly 870,000 Americans each year, including 433,000 women. The AHA began the annual “Wear Red Day” campaign in 2004.

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(Posted: Jan 26, 2011)