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Fourth-graders in Logan Fisher's class all wore red for Big Cross Elementary's heart health awareness day in February.

Students and staff wear red for women's heart health awareness

February 7, 2014 — Big Cross students and faculty supported heart health awareness in a big way on February 7, with their own Wear Red Day. In February, Americans nationwide wear red for this annual event to show their support for women's heart disease awareness.

"Calling attention to heart disease, the number one killer of women each year, is something near and dear to me after having congestive heart failure four years ago,” says fourth-grade teacher Logan Fisher. “Each year this important awareness day is worked into our Parents As Reading Partners month."

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) says awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women has nearly doubled in the last 12 years. However, most women fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease. The Heart Truth is a national campaign for women about heart disease and is sponsored by the NHLBI, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Teachers and students wore red to support the cause,” Mrs. Fisher continued. “I am especially proud of my class--all 22 wore red to show their support for me!”

For more information about women and heart disease, visit http://www.hearttruth.gov