Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Go Red for Women


Last week was a great week! For those of you who don’t know, last Friday was National Wear Red Day, which helps spread awareness of heart disease. When I became Miss North Dakota International I instantly gained another platform. My main platform is ALS Awareness, but I also work very closely with the American Heart Association to promote Go Red for Women. Go Red for Women works to decrease heart disease in women due to the fact that it is the number one killer of women. 

Since last week was a huge week for the American Heart Association, I attended some events to raise awareness. On Thursday, I spent my afternoon at the West Acres mall taking pictures with people and increasing their awareness on heart disease. It was such a fun afternoon. On Saturday I attended the Heart Ball, which raises money for the American Heart Association. It was a great night and there was a lot of money raised. I spent the night modeling live auction items and greeting people. It was such an honor to be part of the event and it opened my eyes even more to how much heart disease affects people and how much more we need to increase awareness. I am so excited to continue to increase awareness for the Go Red for Women organization. Being a nursing student, I see a lot of patients with heart disease and have not thought about helping to change those numbers. It is a great feeling knowing that I am now helping change people’s lives to help prevent such a horrible disease and increase awareness about it. As a nursing student it is such a great opportunity and wonderful experience to work so closely with the American Heart Association. 

My advice for this week is to increase YOUR awareness on heart disease. Visit www.heart.org or www.goredforwomen.org and learn how you can change your life to help decrease your chances of getting heart disease, along with multiple other life changing information. You can choose how long you want to spend on the website, but I encourage you to at least take five minutes out of your day for your health. You never know when you or someone in your family could be affected by heart disease.

Erica
Miss ND International 2012