Members of the University of Nevada, Reno campus community are encouraged to wear red to work on Friday in commemoration of “National Wear Red Day,” part of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign, University President Milt Glick said Tuesday.
“By wearing red on Friday, we will bring awareness to the fact that the American Heart Association tells us that heart disease is the No. 1 killer among women,” Glick said. “If wearing red on Friday can raise the awareness of just one person, or help to save one life, then the effort will have been well worth it.”
The American Heart Association estimates that 450,000 women die from heart disease each year, and that one in three women live with heart disease.
Cary Groth, director of intercollegiate athletics at Nevada, said that by going red on Friday, the campus will be sending a message that it understands what a major problem heart disease is, and that there are a multitude of strategies and a great amount of information to prevent heart disease.
At a press conference Monday at Lawlor Events Center that was co-hosted by the University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, a local vascular surgeon gave the following tips:
- Stop smoking
- Exercise at least three times per week
- Sleep seven to nine hours per day
- Eat breakfast and avoid snacking at night
- Incorporate fiber in every meal
- Avoid fried and fast foods
- Bake, broil or grill meats
In addition to Friday’s National Wear Red Day, the 2010 Go Red Luncheon will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno. For more information, call (775) 322-7065.