Positively Changing the Impact of Heart Disease
Eleven years ago, Saint Agnes Hospital launched the Red Dress Sunday program as a way to raise awareness and spread the word about the devastating impact heart disease was having on our women. Our mission began as a partnership with 3 churches, and today over 170 churches throughout Maryland wear red the second Sunday in February, joining with us to bring a voice to heart disease.
Many women are still unaware that heart disease is the number one cause of death in women, with African Americans showing a higher prevalence of developing heart disease. In our own backyard of Southwest Baltimore, the rates of premature cardiovascular deaths are much higher than in any other part of the city. With the majority of risk factors being preventable, Saint Agnes committed to building strong partnerships within the faith based community, knowing that together we could make a change.
Be a Part of the Movement
Join us for Red Dress Sunday 2015 – Sunday, February 8
One voice at a time, one church at a time—we will bring an end to the devastating impact of heart disease on our women. The premise of the day is simple: encourage your congregation to wear red the second Sunday in February and dedicate a portion of the service to talking about heart disease. Bringing a voice to this disease helps raise awareness, which is the key to success. Some churches have nurses speak about the risk factors of heart disease; others may hear a testimonial from a heart attack survivor within the congregation. Some congregations take their celebration outside of the actual service in the form of health fairs, blood pressure screenings, healthy cooking classes or fitness classes. Each church brings a unique approach as they plan their day based on the needs and interests of their congregation.
To assist in your planning, we will continually provide information via this site. Here you can find information about planning your church’s Red Dress Sunday, fact sheets about heart disease to print out and distribute, tips for healthier eating, and links to other community health resources. We also send out eNewsletters throughout the year to help keep you on track. As a true partnership, we also invite you to share photos, ideas, success stories and more! We love to spread the good word with others.
If you are interested in learning more about Red Dress Sunday or would like your church to be added to our mailing list, please email RDSunday@stagnes.org.
Red Dress Sunday 2014
We celebrated Red Dress Sunday 2014 on February 9 at Bethel A.M.E. Church. We had a great time with their welcoming congregation. Our keynote speakers included United States Senator Ben Cardin, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Dr. Carlos Ince, Chief of Cardiology at Saint Agnes Hospital, Dr. Shannon Winakur, Medical Director of the Women’s Heart Center at Saint Agnes Hospital and Georgetta Thomas, a member of Bethel A.M.E. and a heart disease survivor. The service was followed with a health fair. We also received great feedback and pictures from many churches who participated.
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