AKA Sorority Continues Support for National Wear Red Day®

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is an international community service organization of university women founded Jan. 15, 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. At 112 years since its founding, AKA is the first organization of its kind for black women with over 255,000 members in more than 1,000 chapters around the world.

Sigma Theta Omega and Rho Omicron, chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. – St. Thomas-St. John, have continued their association with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement, which will celebrate National Wear Red Day® on this Friday, Feb. 7.

AKA Sorority’s official colors are salmon pink and apple green; however, on Feb. 7, “Pink Goes Red,” when sorority members world-wide will wear red to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.  The sorority invites everyone to also wear red.

Heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, taking the life of one in three women each year. African-American women are at an increased risk due to factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.

Members of the sorority will distribute informational brochures at their work places and on social media, to family and friends to raise awareness. In addition, they will host a free Pink Goes Red Soca Fitness class, featuring healthy eating presentations, cardio workout and soca aerobics. It will take place at 6 p.m. at Crown Bay Marina on St. Thomas. Water and fruits will be distributed.

“We are inviting the general public and especially our fellow Greek letter organizations to wear red on Feb. 7, 2020 and join us!” said Julice Holder, vice president of the Sigma Theta Omega Chapter and program chairman.

The chapter is accepting lightly worn shoes and eyeglasses for the benefit of its service projects; it encourages everyone to visit www.GoRedForWomen.org for more information or to make a donation.

“We want to make a difference by encouraging the community, especially women, to be physically active. We should all try to eat a heart-healthy diet and get educated about heart disease and its risks factors by making regular visits to the doctor.”  said Lucille Parsons, president of Sigma Theta Omega Chapter.

For more information, contact Lucille Parsons at 626-4241 or Elisa Hodge, public relations officer, at 771-5332 or by email at sigmathetaomega.aka@gmail.com.

Original Source: https://stjohnsource.com/2020/02/03/aka-sorority-continues-support-for-national-wear-red-day/