PHOENIX, February 5, 2009 — In 2008, the Empire State Building, Space Needle, Niagara Falls, and the Washington Monument all went RED to promote a healthy heart on National Wear Red Day! This year, University of Phoenix has been added to the list.

National Wear Red Day is February 6, 2009. On this day, the University of Phoenix family will join millions of Americans by putting on a favorite piece of red to show their support for a healthy heart and the fight against heart disease--the number one killer of American women.

National Wear Red Day is an annual event held on the first Friday in February. Women and men across the country will wear red to unite in the national movement to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk of heart disease. Although significant progress has been made in increasing awareness among women—from 34 percent in 2000 to 57 percent in 2006—most women fail to make the connection between risk factors and their personal risk of developing heart disease. The statistics are alarming:

  • Heart disease is the #1 killer of women.
  • One in four American women dies of heart disease; 1 in 30 dies of breast cancer.

The good news is that both men and women can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82 percent by leading a healthy lifestyle. Join the University of Phoenix in support of the national awareness movement by wearing red on February 6, and encourage your family, friends, and coworkers to do the same. Anyone can participate by showing off a favorite red dress, shirt, or tie, or Red Dress Pin.

Far too many people fall victim to the cruelty of heart disease or know someone who has. In honor of National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month, University of Phoenix invites employees, students, faculty, and alumni to become a part of the Red Awareness Cyber Wall. Here, you can proclaim your awareness, pay tribute or honor a memory.

The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other partner organizations. The campaign launched the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women.

American Heart Associations are located nationwide. To find an AHA in your area, visit the following link and click on your desired state:


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of November 30, 2008, 384,900 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Wendy Paul