Heart Disease, Women and AKA
Front Row (l-r): Regenia Moses, Bonnie Sherman, D. Marie Battle, Ruthie Hopkins, Patrice Marshall McKenzie, and Cornelia Kelly Gates. Middle Row (l-r): Brenda Harvey Williams, Ethel Broussard, and Lois Tusan. Back row: Sharron Ross-Lemle', Adrienne Brown Mosby, Toni Jones, Patricia Huley, and Jeane Ward.
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in America over 40 years old (especially after menopause), and it claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
Every year, more than 400,000 U.S. women die of heart disease. This translates to approximately one death every minute. In order to put a focus on this rising concern, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) has established a national partnership with the American Heart Association to raise awareness "Through Pink Goes Red for a Day."
On February 7, 2014, the Pasadena Chapter of AKA supported this initiative by encouraging its members to wear red, donate at least $1 and raise $1 each from 7 additional friends. The proceeds from this effort will be included in the nationwide AKA efforts donated to the American Heart Association where the funds will be benefit research, advocacy and other priority areas related to heart disease.
Mayor Bill Bogaard issued a resolution to the Pasadena Chapter of AKA that proclaimed February 7, 2014 as Go Red for Women Day in the City of Pasadena. Contributing factors to heart disease and stroke are often preventable with proper nutrition and exercise. Things that you can do to impact this disease are:
- Avoid or quit smoking.
- Lose weight and/or maintain your ideal body weight.
- Exercise for more than 30 minutes more than three times per week.
- Follow a diet low in saturated fat; low in trans-fat (partially hydrogenated fats such as margarine or shortening); and high in fiber, whole grains, legumes (such as beans and peas), fruits, vegetables, and fish.
- Treat and control medical conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure that are known risk factors for heart disease.
The Pink and Green ladies of the Pasadena Chapter of AKA went red for a day to bring awareness to the devastating impact of heart disease on women. They are challenging everyone woman to go red for a lifetime.