Wear Red Day combats disparities in black women’s heart health

MADISON, Wis. — Women of all ages made their way to the Foundation For Black Women’s Wellness’ 9th annual Wear Red Day on Madison’s south side Saturday afternoon.

The event was meant to raise awareness about the affect heart disease has had on black women.

Organizers said it is the number one health threat to women in their community.

“I think it’s important to realize that heart health doesn’t necessarily happen at eighty or sixty it happens as babies because what we feed ourselves what we feed our families that it all trickles down into our health as adults,” said Program Manager Adrian Jones.

Organizers also said the event is well attended because it’s led by and created for black women, seeing visitors not just from Dane County, but the Milwaukee and Chicago areas as well.

“People see this as like a family reunion. A lot of times we are all so busy–daily schedules we don’t all get to see each other for whatever reason,” said Jones.

She also said this event is an opportunity for people to pick up right where they left off.

The Foundation For Black Women’s Wellness is a Wisconsin based non-profit working to eliminate health disparities impacting black women and girls. 

The non-profit also offers free fitness classes and nutritional planning through their Project Live Well program.

“It’s just a chance to come together, move our bodies, get active and take care of ourselves,” said Jones.

The classes will be held at the organization’s wellness that opened earlier this month.