Zumba event targets heart health


Staff Writer

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The American Heart Association reports that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.

In the quest to address the fight against heart disease and raise awareness of women’s heart health, the Tau Gamma and Chi Omega chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Chi Omega in Rocky Mount are sponsoring a “Pink Goes Red” Zumba event from 8:08 to 9:08 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Taylor Center Auxiliary Gym on the campus of N.C. Wesleyan College.

Kirsten Bunns, president of the Tau Gamma chapter, said Chrisie Heath, a local Zumba instructor who holds classes in Rocky Mount on Winstead Drive, will be the leading the Zumba classes and providing some health information to encourage people to stay active and fit. Bunns said there also will be some healthy refreshments for people at the event.

“There are a lot of women that enjoy doing Zumba,” Bunns said. “It’s just a fun high-energy aerobic workout. It’s just so important for women to get up, get active and take care of their heart.”

Bunns said the event is free for Wesleyan students, while non-students will be charged $1, with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association that has a partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

Also, since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart diease and the gap between men’s and women’s survival continues to widen. While 1 in 31 American women are known to die from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 women reportedly die of heart disease.

In addition, other statistics from the American Heart Association show that cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 black women annually, and of black women ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart diseases.

“Heart or cardiovascular diseases are real stuff that some people don’t take seriously,” Heath said, “and it’s just so important that people do what’s necessary to have good health and take care of their body because you only have one.”