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Red Week: Good for the heart

Published: Monday, February 17, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 17:02

Red Week

Evan Riekhof, Staff Photographer

Adeeja Anderson, a sophomore creative media production major of Little Rock, writes on the window for Red Week, which is a week of events to advocate heart disease awareness. This year's Red Week falls from Tuesday, Feb. 18 through Friday, Feb. 21.

Every 30 seconds, heart disease claims one life in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.

Red Week, hosted by The National Residence Hall Honorary Organization (NRHH), aims to educate students on the dangers of heart disease and provide measures to keep them healthy. Red Week begins Tuesday and continues through Friday.

“All you have to do is exercise regularly and eat right. It is the most deadly, but most preventable (disease),” said Adeeja Anderson, development committee Leader of the A-State NRHH.

Tuesday night is information night. Guest speaker Antisha Anderson-Scruggs, co-founder of Antisha & Gary Unique Hearts, will speak at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall of the Student Union. Her presentation will cover her experience and solutions for detecting heart disease.

 Unique Hearts, a non-profit organization, raises awareness about the various risks associated with heart disease as well as eliminate undetected heart disease. The foundation also raises money for heart procedures that patients could not otherwise afford.

“The foundation (Unique Hearts) is still growing so I wanted to do my part by educating people about heart disease,” Anderson said.

A  health drive will be held from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday in the Spring River Room of the Student Health Center. Free testing of students’ blood pressure and heart rate has been made available with the help of the Student Nurses Association.

Thursday afternoon is the Heart Challenge. Students can sign up for a 45 minute exercise period at 2, 3, or 4 p.m. in the Red WOLF Center.

Friday NRHH will host a Post-Valentine’s Dance at the A-State Pavilion from 7-10 p.m.

“People should learn as much about their bodies and the way they function in order to be health conscious,” said Charmaine Foster, a junior public relations and theater major of Little Rock and NRHH member.

The symptoms of heart disease include sudden chest pain, and excessive, acute persistent shortness of breath, according to the American Heart Association.

“If you know anyone with heart problems, learning about what they’re going through will help you better sympathize,” Foster said.  
Red is the color of heart disease awareness. The American Heart Association created Go Red For Women as a way to empower women to take charge of their heart health. It challenges them to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk. It also gives them the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

Only 55 percent of women realize heart disease is their No. 1 killer and less than half know what healthy levels are for cardiovascular risk factors like blood pressure and cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. The Go Red For Women movement works to make sure women know they are at risk so they can take action to protect their health, according to

Red Week will give students the knowledge and awareness not only to protect themselves, but also to raise awareness among friends and family.

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