Against a backdrop of students rushing to class, mid-day Chick-Fil-A runs and a frigid Friday morning, the East Carolina University’s Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority gathered at Mendenhall Student Center brickyard Friday for “Pink Goes Red” to promote proper heart health and raise awareness for heart disease among women.
As they do every year in the spirit of Women’s Heart Disease Awareness month, the AKA’s partnered with the American Heart Association to find a fun and interactive way to get students involved in making healthier decisions in their day-to-day lives.
Per tradition and undeterred by the smell of rain on the pavement and the unforgiving wind, the pink and green sisters pulled out the jump ropes and skipped double dutch as they ate pretzels and gave advice on how everyone can make proper heart healthy choices while on campus.
“We chose to do double dutch because it is something that you normally don’t think about,” said AKA sorority President Alexis James. “When we do events, we try to be different.”
When asked the best ways to eat healthy at school, they each contributed a suggestion, recommending the students in the vicinity remain active whenever possible and do their best to choose healthier alternatives while at the dining hall or around town. Courtney Williams, an AKA member, took it one step further and advised students to “leave Chick-Fil-A alone,” followed by a chorus of disapproval from her sisters.
Students themselves, the young women were sympathetic to every student’s struggle to resist temptation and consciously make heart smart choices, however they encouraged students to make an effort.
Fairly popular among the commonalty, the sorority’s table amasses roughly 70 or more observers every year, and Gabby Masseaux, a junior, said she estimates at least 50 people took part in the events.
Also featured at the table was a petition to gain signatures for a proposed Ethel Hedgeman Lyle postage stamp.
“Ethel Hedgeman Lyle is our sorority’s principle founder...we as a sorority are tasked to get 110,000 signatures all together by February 10, 2017,” said James.
James added, “The significance of 110,000 signatures is that this U.S postal stamp is in celebration of our 110 founders day in 2018”.
Currently, the organization still needs 85,246 more signatures to reach its goal.
The AKA’s will be having its annual “Skee-Week” from Feb. 19-25, where many different events and programs will be showcased.