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Big Cross wears red to spotlight heart health

photo of studentsFebruary 5, 2016 — Big Cross students and faculty supported heart health awareness in a big way on National Wear Red Day, February 5, 2016. 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 six years ago,” says fourth-grade teacher Logan Fisher. “Since then my Big Cross family has made wearing red on the first day of Healthy Heart Awareness week part of a school-wide program.”

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. “Such a great school district I work for!”

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