VSU Celebrates "Go Red Day" As Kick Off For Heart Health Month

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Winnie Anne Wright
February 14, 2014

Valdosta, GA - Flowers, teddy bears, and chocolate hearts are what most people think about on Valentine's Day, but VSU wants you to think about a different heart... your own.

Faculty, staff, and students are wearing red this Valentine's Day, not for Cupid, but in honor of "Go Red Day", the official kick-off of VSU Heart Health Month.

Heart health hits close to home for many on the campus.

"It's my passion, because of my background, because my parents had heart disease, and when I first came here, I had symptoms of heart disease. So it's a passion of mine. I'm really excited that the VSU community is getting involved in it", says Geri Pepin, Coordinator for "Go Red Day".

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women and causes one out of three deaths in women each year.

"As a heart attack survivor, I had a heart attack before I was 50, I'm a firm believer in the need for us all to live healthier to reduce our chances of having heart disease, a stroke, or a heart attack. These days, everyone works harder, runs faster, and is under more stress, so even at the earliest possible age, you have to do all you can to be as strong as possible", says Mary Gooding, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for VSU.

Heart health festivities will continue throughout the month with SGMC's Heart Health Expo at VSU on the 15th and a "Take Heart" Luncheon on the 26th.

For more information on the events, visit http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/campus-wellness/heart-health.php , or call (229) 259-5105.