Red isn’t just a pretty color. If you see people with red outfits, it could be their efforts to increase public awareness of heart disease.
Feb. 8 was the start of Have Faith in Heart (Go Red) Sunday during American Heart Month in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Wearing red symbolizes people speaking up for the tragic effect heart disease has on loved ones, particularly n the black community.
Community Fellowship Church of Jesus Christ will host heart healthy potlucks, distribute materials and offer health screenings and CPR classes. Nutrition and other healthy practices will be provided throughout the year.
“The faith-based community is a historic gathering place for information sharing and services,” Bishop Saundra McFadden-Weaver, pastor of Community Fellowship Church, said in a prepared release. Attempting to walk the talk, Weaver lost 100 pounds and adopted a healthier lifestyle, which she hopes will encourage others.
Hypertension for African Americans are among the highest in the world, and it is a key contributor to heart disease and strokes. For more information visit GoRedForWomen.org.