IHS Athena Club dedicated the month of February to women’s heart health awareness. To show support, Athena Club raised awareness by hosting a blood drive and posting signs around the high school. Students, staff, and teachers are encouraged to wear red every Friday through February in honor of the Go Red For Women event.
Heart disease is the number one leading killer of women, causing one in 3three deaths globally. The percentage of women with heart disease is higher than women with cancer.
80 percent of strokes and cardiac arrests have a chance of being prevented with proper education. The American Heart Association designed the event “Go Red For Women” to educate and uplift women who have been affected by heart disease in their life. Freshman Aramide Kaffostated,“What Go Red for Women means to me is supporting women and making sure they have a voice.”
Athena Club is highlighting the Go Red For Women event as a part of its agenda to strengthen women and create inspiring communities. This is the first year Athena Club has brought back Go Red For Women to IHS, since COVID-19 canceled many Athena club activities.
Athena Club believes It is important to acknowledge those who have been diagnosed with heart disease or know a loved one who has been diagnosed. Sophomore, Julia Stewart exclaims, “Something I love about Go Red for Women month is that we’re supporting women who have conditions that make them unable to do normal daily activities.
Along with wearing red every Friday, a member of Athena Club reads a fact about heart disease or a way to stay heart healthy over the announcement in school during 10th period.
Posters made by Athena Club members are also being displayed around the school. The posters share information about heart disease and symptoms to notice that relate to heart problems.
While women’s heart disease is a huge issue globally, student run events create an enormous impact in gathering the school community together to support those with heart disease.
Elizabeth Flanders, senior chairperson in Athena Club states, “Go Red for Women encourages awareness of the issue of women’s heart disease and brings action to save more lives.”
By increasing the knowledge of heart disease and considering the symptoms Athena Club is creating a safe future for the women in our school community. While the number of teenagers with heart disease is low, paying attention to the at-risk signs might save a life.
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