Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

January 21, 2014

North Decatur Chargers hoping to 'Red Out' heart disease

Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – North Decatur High School Charger basketball fans will turn the stands into a blaze of red Jan. 24 when the Key Club hosts a “RED OUT” to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke at its game against the Morristown High School Yellow Jackets.

Students and fans are encouraged to participate in the second annual RED OUT by wearing red “GET FIRED UP” t-shirts, which are available for a $10 donation to the American Heart Association. The shirts will be available at the high school throughout Heart Week leading up to the game and at the game.

The RED OUT is a community outreach program of NDHS Honor Society students, who will be raising donations all week at school with several activities and getting the message out on a heart healthy lifestyle.

All money raised by the “RED OUT” will support the American Heart Association’s mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in Decatur County, where 35.7 percent of all deaths are due to cardiovascular diseases. Nationwide, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, responsible for one in three deaths. And, congenital heart defects are one of the leading causes of death in children under age 1.

In addition to providing community education programs throughout Indiana, the American Heart Association has funded more than $7.4 million of heart research at universities in Indiana over the last five years.

– Daily News