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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 28, 2005
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
MUW to support women’s heart disease awareness
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women will do its part to educate the campus community about heart disease, the No. 1 killer disease of women in the United States.
The graduate program in health education and the Division of Health and Kinesiology will promote the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 4.
Tables for contributions will be set up at various buildings. Health education graduate and undergraduate students will man the tables and have information on women and heart disease available for all donations.
Dr. Joyce Yates, coordinator of graduate studies in health education, said faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear red on the awareness day.
“Wear Red Day is a great reminder that women need to know and understand their cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index and blood glucose numbers.”
She noted that every year since 1984 more women than men have died of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular disease.
“In the past, heart disease had always been thought of as a man’s disease. Now we have the statistics to see that is certainly not true,” she said.
Red dress stickers will be given to participants who give less than $10, and a red dress pin will be given to those who donate $10 or more.
Donations made before Feb. 4 can be given to Yates, whose office is located in Reneau Hall, Room 214, or Wink Wright with the American Heart Association. Yates can be reached at 241-7669 or Wright at 327-0411. All donations will go to the American Heart Association.
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