February 5 Proclaimed Wear Red Day at Hartwick

February 4, 2010

Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich has proclaimed Friday, February 5, 2010 Wear Red Day on campus, and the College will host a number of Heart Health Awareness Activities in support of National Heart Health Month.

Hartwick's Wellness Education Office will sponsor a brown bag lunch on Friday titled "Women and Heart Disease," and has been hosting an educational table throughout the week. The initiatives are part of a local effort to spread the word about Women and Heart Disease on National Wear Red Day.

"The idea is to raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their number one health threat," explained Taralyn Loewenguth, Director for Social Issues and Wellness Education. "We're hosting the brown bag lunch on Friday--National Wear Red Day--to help spread the message that 'Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear, It's the #1 Killer of Women.' At the event, we'll help the community learn more about heart disease, risk factors, how to talk to your doctor, and more."

The lunch will be held at noon on Friday, February 5 in the Chesebro Room, Dewar Union.

"Therefore, the Hartwick College community, a community that cares for the women among us, has a responsibility to take action to make heart health a priority for ourselves and our families, become aware of risks associated with heart disease, and take action to control these risks," Drugovich wrote to the campus community in concluding her proclamation. "Now, therefore, I, President Margaret L. Drugovich, do hereby proclaim Friday, February 5, 2010 as Hartwick College Wear Red Day and encourage all members of our community to work together to promote and improve the health of women and increase awareness and understanding of women and heart disease."

Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women from 34 percent in 2000 to 69 percent in 2009--most fail to make the connection between its risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease. In fact, heart disease kills one out of every four American women.

Hartwick College activities are in partnership with The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign warning women about their risk of heart disease.

The campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other partner organizations.

For more information, visit or contact Loewenguth at 607-431-4152 or

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