Winthrop University Sorority Hosts Event to Promote Heart Health

Pink Goes Red Event

Did you know the average heart is the size of a fist in an adult or that your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood each day? These things are important to know, especially when it pertains to your health.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Mu Xi chapter and Eta Alpha Omega chapter partnered together with the American Heart Association to host their annual Pink Goes Red event on February 2.

In celebration of Heart Health Day, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. makes it their priority to host Pink Goes Red, which is one of the many Community Impact Days created by the illustrious organization.

Pink Goes Red is an annual event we host in hopes to raise awareness about heart and stroke disease in celebration of Heart Health Day. On this day, we wear red instead of our national sorority colors, pink and green,” Ingrid Edge, Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Mu Xi chapter, said.

The event included heart-healthy education from Heart to Heart Foundation, blood pressure screenings, and some heart-healthy snacks. Edge also said raffles were part of the event.

To make the event fun and interactive, Zumba and urban fitness instructors kept everyone on their feet. Dance instructor, Carlos Dwayne, speaks on what it was like to lead a short workout.

“I had a great time at the event and an even better time being an instructor. It felt amazing to see so many people out for a cause and the prevention of heart disease,” he said. “Especially being majority African American women because it is something that affects our community. I am glad I was able to lead the women into a short workout to get their cardio going, and build their stamina.”

Pink Goes Red was a free community event and both chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. encouraged everyone to go out and participate through various ranges of promotion.

“I thought the event was very informative on heart health. I really enjoyed exercising amongst a strong group of women who are all interested in managing their health. It was super-fun and active!” Breonna McSwain, junior Mass Communication major at Winthrop University said.   

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., hopes this event will educate many women on the importance of keeping their heart healthy and how to manage and maintain their own heart health.