USM sorority change colors for National Wear Red Day

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - All over the nation people dressed in red Friday for the American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day.

The University of Southern Mississippi Alpha Kappa Alpha's took part in the national day and switched from pink and green to red to bring awareness to heart disease. As part of their Pink Goes Red Campaign, the sorority provided a community health fair and forum for students and the general public. Attendees received free health checks and also received information and health tips from guest speaker Dr. Virginia Crawford.

"Heart disease is the number one killer of all women, but especially African American women so with us being the first black greek sorority we took on this task to bring attention because these are our sisters, our mothers, our aunts, our friends, our sorority sisters that are dying from this silent killer," said AKA Theta Sigma Omega Chapter President Sonya Varnell.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease causes 1 in 3 deaths in women each year. That's one death every 3 minutes.

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