Though it may have looked like an early Valentine’s Day celebration, the Mount Saint Mary College community ‘went red’ on Feb. 2, for a different cause: to help stop heart disease.
National Wear Red Day, founded in 2003 by the American Heart Association (Go Red For Women) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, raises funds for research and programs to curtail heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly half a million American women per year die from heart disease, making it the number one killer of women in America.
According to Go Red For Women, the risk of heart disease decreases with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Kathleen O’Keefe, director of the Center for Career and Experiential Education, facilitated the Wear Red event on the Mount campus.
Mount Saint Mary College faculty, staff, and students donned red shirts, ties, pants, and bracelets on Feb. 2, to support National Wear Red Day.