Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Month

Shown is Dr. Shelly Thompson performing a blood pressure check on Emily Watson.

Nearly 300 people attended a morning of awareness and enjoyable activities when Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s , Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, held their annual Pink Goes RED for A Day event in collaboration with Bethel Church’s Healthy Bethel ministry. The event was a part of the chapter’s year long anniversary festivities

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason.   This years activities included a mini heart walk, hands-only CPR, a survivor’s testimony, a healthy food demonstration, and cardio line dancing. blood pressure and cardiovascular screenings were performed along with a My Life Check online assessment.  The chapter also presented a gift of $500 to the American Heart Association to support ongoing research. This Community Impact Day is a component of the sorority’s 2014-2018 international program theme Launching New Dimensions of Service under the Health Promotions target. The event was coordinated by chapter members Rose Jefferson, Danette McQueen and Lequista Smith serving as the event team leaders, and Phillis Varnado as the Health Promotions Committee Chairman. Willetta R. Richie serves as chapter President.

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