Published on February 12, 2016 by Katie Stripling  
Go Red

Samford University students, faculty, and staff made pledges to “Get Off the Couch” this year as part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign. Samford’s Dietetic Internship and the Department of Public Health joined forces to remind women of the importance of heart health. 

Samford faculty, staff and students were encouraged to wear red on Friday, February 5 in celebration of National Wear Red Day®.  On that day, a red couch was set up as a photo booth in the Samford Cafeteria so that individuals could stop by to pose with props for fun pictures. After having their picture taken, participants signed a pledge to “Get Off the Couch” for heart health. 

“Doing something fun helps people remember the message,” said dietetic internship director Miriam Gaines.  “The pledge to get off the couch is a way to promote being more physically active in order to improve heart health. Our goal is to encourage people to find a physical activity they enjoy.” 

According to Gaines, studies indicate that the more you enjoy a physical activity, the more likely you are to continue to do it. “If you dread the exercise, you are much more likely to talk yourself out of doing it. That’s why it’s important that people find something they enjoy so that they can maintain it,” added Gaines.

The Go Red campaign and National Wear Red Day® were created by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of the importance of making positive changes to improve heart health. According to Kim Davey, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. 

“What’s important for people to know is that almost 80% cardiac events could be prevented with education and action,” said Davey. “That’s why events such as National Wear Red Day are so important. The Department of Public Health is glad to partner with the Dietetic Internship to support this important initiative. ”

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.