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'It’s just really important to show our support'

Caitlen Cameron • Feb 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of all men and women?

This largely under-discussed topic is now being noticed by local students and adults alike. Norwalk High school had their NTV class announce daily facts and students were encouraged to wear red on Friday to show support for national Wear Red Day. 

National Wear Red Day, the first Friday each February, is a special way of bringing attention to the leading cause of death among men and women, cardiovascular disease. The day was established by the American Heart Association and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in 2002. 

"Our students and staff support many good causes throughout the year, and today, we were able to do just that for several of our students who have heart related issues. It definitely hits home when there is a personal story, a person that you know that helps to bring these issues to the forefront. By partnering with Fisher-Titus in the Wear Read campaign, we were able to highlight the importance of cardiovascular health through a series of school-wide announcements." principal Brad Cooley said.

With over 70 percent of the school wearing different shades of red there were many positive views toward the day. 

One of the students who participated, senior Anah Freeman, felt the significance of the day.

“I think its great to bring awareness to all diseases at our age especially. It’s just really important to show our support,” she said. 

National Wear Red Day was also celebrated with the announcement of the date for the 2018 Fisher-Titus Race & Walk for Healthy Hearts. This year’s event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Summit Motorsports Park. The event combines a 5K competitive run with the traditional non-competitive walk, according to Deb Reed, Fisher-Titus director of public relations.

The volunteer committee has already begun organizing for the 2018 event.

“One of the first ideas was to bring awareness to the event by recognizing Wear Red Day,” Reed explained.

Committee member Wende Mersereau contacted Cooley to ask if the students could wear red on Friday to support awareness.

Wende’s son Jonah, a senior at NHS, has been involved in the local Heart Walk for many years. Last year, his team raised $3,710 for the event.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center employees also will be wearing red on Friday including wearing special “Wear Red for Healthy Hearts” shirts for the day.

According to the CDC, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American men and women with 610,000 Americans dying from heart disease each year. In Huron County, 24 percent of all deaths are attributed to heart disease, according to the 2014 recent Huron County Health Assessment.

"Educating the community about heart disease is a key goal of our Heart Walk committee,” Reed said. “Eighty-percent of cardiovascular disease is preventable, but knowledge is key. We will be doing lots of community education about heart disease this year before the event.”

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