Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Sigma Omega chapter joined millions of women on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 3rd, by wearing red for their Community Impact Day “Pink Goes Red” to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke in women. Alpha Kappa Alpha members known for wearing pink adorned themselves in red to promote heart disease awareness. The chapter posted member photos along with statistics and facts about heart disease on the Upsilon Sigma Omega Chapter Facebook page throughout the day to spread awareness.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That amounts to approximately one woman every minute. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement advocates for continued research and swifter action for women’s heart health.
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 Upsilon Sigma Omega chapter also hosted a “Paint the Alley Pink” Go Red Bowl-A-Thon on February 11th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Southgate Bowling Center in Florence, SC.
The event aimed to promote living an active lifestyle while raising awareness of heart disease, and the signs and symptoms of a heart attack that often go undetected in women. According to the American Heart Association Go Red for Women reports 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.
The event was open to community. During the event, the chapter provided information on heart disease and tips to lead a heart healthy lifestyle. The chapter also collected $155 in donations for the American Heart Association. The Upsilon Sigma Omega chapter plans to continue heart health awareness activities throughout the month of February.