February 11, 2011 12:00AM
Because crimson is one of Pittsburg State University's official colors, it's not uncommon to see lots of red attire on campus just about any day of the week. On Friday, Feb. 11, however, students, faculty and staff in PSU's Department of Nursing wore red for a different reason. They wanted the red they wore on that day to be a visual reminder of the ongoing battle with heart disease and in recognition of national Heart Month.
"Our faculty, staff, and students recognize significant health issues throughout the year in a variety of ways," said Mary Carol Pomatto, chairperson of PSU's Department of Nursing. "Our faculty incorporate public health awareness and nursing implications of heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes and other major conditions into nursing courses and curriculum. Our student organizations focus on activities and programming to promote positive health behaviors in prevention and early treatment of disease."
Although heart disease and other major health issues may be a daily topic of discussion in Nursing classrooms, setting aside a day to wear red helps reinforce a public message, Pomatto said.
"Visual reminders and a show of support by wearing red in promotion of the awareness of heart disease are small but important ways for the Department of Nursing as a whole to make a healthy difference in the lives of others," Pomatto said.