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Cumberlands’ Seniors Promote Heart Month


Senior Jonathan Priddy, whose father suffers from a heart condition, chose to wear red from head to toe to raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — February, while known for Valentine’s Day, Black History Month Month and Groundhog Day, is also known as American Heart Month. Heart Month, established in 1963; its sole purpose was, and still is, to urge Americans to join together and inform everyone about the risks and prevention of heart disease, including high blood pressure and strokes.

In order to do their part, senior students of the Fitness and Sport Management program at University of the Cumberlands had a kick-off to Heart Month. Friday (February 4) was wear RED day, and everyone was urged to wear red in order to build awareness of the number one killer of men and women in America, heart disease.

There were multiple students participating in Wear RED Day. When asked why she chose to participate, senior Amanda Silva responded, “I chose to wear red today so that I could support those who have been diagnosed with heart disease and to help get the word out that heart disease is a big national issue.”

Wear RED day is a precursor to the events that will be going on around University of the Cumberlands’ campus over the next few weeks. The senior seminar students will offer classes that are free for students, faculty, staff and spouses, beginning on February 14 and will lasting March 11, to further promote American Heart Month. These classes include Yoga and Kickboxing, along with classes emphasizing on work with bands, medicine balls, dumbbells and mats.

Senior seminar student, Karlos Scott gives us some insight on Wear RED Day. “We’re trying to provide information about healthy hearts to people who are uninformed. We want to motivate individuals and promote a better wellbeing for healthy living.”