ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Alabama Extension is all heart when it comes to observing National Heart Month in February each year. This year was no exception as staff engaged in monthlong heart health activities.
National Wear Red Day®
The first Friday in February is National Wear Red Day®. On this day, the American Heart Association asks the public to wear red to promote heart health among women. Alabama Extension staff wore red and captured the moment in a group photo shared on Facebook.
Lunch and Learn
The second heart health event was a Lunch and Learn at Trinity Community Center February 8. Allen Malone, Extension 1890 administrator, provided greetings and discussed Alabama Extension health initiatives offered across the state.
“Alabama Extension is always willing to partner with organizations on health and other timely issues,” Malone said. “Our programs are designed to empower people with practical solutions to improve their lives.”
In addition, Terence Martin and Shanetria Brown set up displays and discussed current programs that promote heart health. Martin is the program coordinator for the Urban Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Brown is a health and nutrition project coordinator that implements campaigns such as Walking Like a CHAMPION.
Heart health activities continued February 10 with a live interview on WJAB’s “This Week at Alabama A&M” with radio host Michael Burns. Health and nutrition specialist Andrea Morris and her daughter Olivia, focused on the harmful effects of smoking electronic cigarettes (vaping) and heart disease. Olivia Morris, an eighth grader at Buckhorn Middle School, talked about vaping from a teen perspective.
The online article “Heart Health Risks of Teen Vaping”also features Andrea Morris and further highlights the issue of teen vaping and heart disease.
Go Red Luncheon
National Heart Month activities ended with staff attending the Go Red Luncheon “A Revolution of Red.” This event was coordinated by the Central North Alabama Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It was held February 29 at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Go Red for Women® is also a national campaign of the American Heart Association that raises awareness about heart disease and stroke.