Northlanders Go Red For Women
Posted at: 02/01/2013 6:40 PM
| Updated at: 02/01/2013 10:52 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
February is American Heart Month and the American Heart Association encouraged Northlanders and companies to 'Go Red For Women' by planning National Wear Red Day activities on Friday.
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
Many Northland companies participated in the day to bring awareness, including: SuperOne Foods, Essentia Health, Fitger's, and the Lake Superior Zoo.
At the zoo, the zoo keepers wore red instead of their traditional khaki and blue uniforms. They also wore pedometers all day to promote healthy lifestyles. The zoo's directors have pledged to make a donation to the AHA for every mile the keepers put on during the day.
Heart disease awareness is something lead keeper, Maicie Sykes, said is very important to the zoo staff. Eight out of ten of their keeping staff are women.
"Seeing that we have a very female dominant staff it's really important to us and exciting for us to support raising heart disease awareness for women," said Sykes.
They also got the animals into the day, too. Their 800 lb. bears, Phoebe and Trouble, were given heart-friendly treats today in the form of heart-shaped strawberry jelly and Cheerios.