Alpha Kappa Alpha wears red to honor heart disease
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 00:02
The Sam Houston State University chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority hosted the national Pink Goes Red Day on campus Feb. 1 in support of heart disease awareness.
The event is part of a campaign put on by AKA sororities across the world to raise awareness for heart disease, the number one killer of women.
According to Vice President of the SHSU chapter of AKA, Raeauna Bowen, this is the tenth year AKA has partnered with the American Heart Association on a nationwide scale, which means over 260,000 members participated. Bowen then detailed exactly why AKA chose heart disease as their focus.
“Our sorority’s colors are pink and green, but for one day out of the year, we bleed red in honor of heart disease,” Bowen said. “We want to raise awareness in society because many people, especially women, never think about how much and how often it really affects people.”
President of AKA at SHSU, Asia Singer, also strove to emphasize how important the campaign against heart disease is to their sorority.
“I want people to realize that it’s not just about the color red,” Singer said. “When we wear red, we telling people to know that it can happen to them, and to be aware of the symptoms, because knowing can save your life.”
According to the AKA website, the sorority originally chose heart disease because it is the number one killer of women, and especially concerns African-American women who have increased risks due to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
Bowen said that the SHSU chapter of AKA spread the word to students to wear red on campus through social media and fliers around campus. She estimated that at least 200 people participated on campus and over 200,000 nationwide.
Bowen said that she hopes more research on how to prevent and treat heart disease will be the next step.