Heart disease kills one woman every minute in the United States. African American women are at highest risk. On Sunday, February 8, 2015, Saint Agnes Hospital has partnered with congregations across Baltimore to educate local citizens about the impact of cardiovascular disease and the steps that can be taken to prevent it. This annual initiative, Red Dress Sunday, is a faith-based collaboration that aims to educate, motivate and activate women, and provide the tools needed to understand and minimize risks.
Saint Agnes Hospital sponsored the first Red Dress Sunday 11 years ago, with three Baltimore-area churches participating. The program has continually grown over the years, and in 2015, approximately 180 churches are expected to take part. Each will incorporate health information into their Sunday service and offer events and resources to their members.
Red Dress Sunday takes place Sunday, February 8 at Mt. Olive Holy Evangelist Church 3816 Edmondson Avenue. Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by a health fair from noon to 2 p.m.
Further information about the program, its history, goals and key messages, can be found at www.RedDressSunday.com.