Tune In: SMU goes red for women’s heart health

On Feb. 5, 2010, SMU took part in National Wear Red Day to promote the American Heart Association‘s Go Red for Women campaign. February is National Heart Health Month, and the photo – cosponsored by SMU, SMU Wellpower, the SMU Women’s Symposium and the AHA – kicked off a series of events aimed at raising awareness of heart disease as the #1 killer of women. Eva Parks-Spero of SMU News created a short video to commemorate National Wear Red Day – click the YouTube screen to watch.

Download a high-resolution copy of the final portrait
Read more about SMU heart-health events from HR’s Healthy U.
Visit the SMU Women’s Symposium online
Find heart-health tips at SMU Wellpower (log in with your 8-digit SMU ID)
Learn more from the American Heart Association

SMU to Go Red For Women on Feb. 5

Go Red For Women banner

On Feb. 5, 2010, the Hilltop will Go Red For Women. All SMU faculty, staff and students are invited to wear red to the Main Quad area for a group photo to celebrate National Wear Red Day and February as Heart Health Month.

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association‘s national campaign to increase awareness of heart disease – the leading cause of death for women – and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health.

The need for education is especially acute, says Kym Sosolik, director of leadership and organizational development in SMU’s Cox School of Business Executive Education, who coordinated the University’s Go Red For Women events. “Heart disease in women presents different symptoms than it does in men,” she says. “Not nearly enough women are aware of that, and many may have heart disease without knowing it.”

Family history motivates her as well. “This is important to me, because my father and grandfather died from heart disease,” she adds. “Several years ago I was diagnosed with hypertension, and it has been a challenge to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

Go Red For Women has four components, Sosolik says:

  • Public education to increase awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women
  • Educating healthcare professionals to assure that providers treat women according to guidelines
  • Educating lawmakers about the issues
  • Raising funds for women’s awareness, education and research programs

The University community can participate in several educational opportunities through attendance at the 2010 SMU Women’s Symposium on March 3 and special features on the SMU Wellpower website.

In addition, the Wellpower program will present “Lunch & Learn” events to provide women of every generation with tips on healthy eating, exercise and risk factor reductions such as smoking cessation, weight maintenance, blood pressure control and cholesterol management.

Go Red For Women is cosponsored by SMU, SMU Wellpower, the SMU Women’s Symposium and the American Heart Association. Faculty and staff members can earn 1 Wellpower Spirit point for attending the photo event.

Visit SMU Human Resources’ Healthy U. page
Visit the SMU Wellpower website at smuwellpower.com (log in with your 8-digit SMU ID)
Learn more about the 2010 SMU Women’s Symposium

Faculty, staff join student-led fundraiser for Haiti


The entire SMU community is responding to the disastrous earthquake in Haiti with a student-led relief campaign. SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti seeks to raise relief funds over a 3-week period through Feb. 15, 2010.

Students, faculty and staff members will have the opportunity to purchase a small paper heart for $5 and a larger heart for $10 in Umphrey Lee Center and the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The buyer can sign his or her name to the heart, which will then be displayed in the Student Center. Donations of every size will be accepted, and Pony Express funds may be used to give to the effort.

All funds raised will be given to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

Patrick Kobler, student body president, and seniors Nicola Muchnikoff and Rachel Carey came up with the idea before the spring term started.

“We just felt the magnitude of the situation is such that we had to do something as a student body and a community,” Kobler says. “The news has been so dire, and the need has been so great, and we at SMU are so lucky – we need to get involved.”

Kobler contacted Faculty Senate President Fred Olness and Staff Association President Alison Tweedy to help coordinate a campuswide effort.

“The Senate will work to spread the word about the Haiti fund-raiser so our community can provide broad support for Haitians in need,” Olness says.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea and opportunity for the entire SMU community to work together,” Tweedy says. “I hope everyone will participate and give what they can.”

Faculty and staff members will earn one Wellpower Spirit Point for their donation to the student campaign, says Mary Stall, HR specialist in organizational effectiveness in SMU’s Department of Human Resources.

Cash and checks will be accepted; checks should be made out to “SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti.” Checks may be sent by mail to Lydia Dale, SMU Box 750436, Dallas TX 75275-0436.

Visit SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti on the Student Senate website

Calendar Highlights: April 28, 2009

happy-face-istock-456.jpgDon’t worry, be happy: The SMU Health Center hosts a brown bag presentation on the Science of Happiness noon-12:50 p.m. April 30 in Room 205, Memorial Health Center. Learn about positive psychology, a new movement in psychology that focuses on what makes people happy. Faculty and staff earn 1 Wellpower Mind credit for attending. For more information, contact Jennifer Hughes.

Mane_Event_POSTER_PINK.jpg End-of-the-year fun: Join the SMU Student Foundation for the annual Mane Event from 3-6 p.m. May 1 on the lawn in front of Dallas Hall. The carnival-like event is a great way to have some fun before finals and includes music, games, inflatables and tons of free food. The event is free and open to the entire SMU community.

alonzo-kings-lines-ballet.jpgIn McFarlin Auditorium:

May 1-2: TITAS presents Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 214-528-5576.

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09).

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Wellpower brown bag: Work it out by writing it down

University community members can learn more about journaling as a mental health and coping tool through “The Magic of Journaling.” The brown-bag presentation takes place noon-12:50 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Counseling and Psychiatric Services office, Room 205, Memorial Health Center.

The session is open to SMU students, faculty and staff members. Faculty and staff earn 1 Wellpower credit for attending. Bring your lunch.

By | 2008-10-21T13:47:56+00:00 October 21, 2008|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|Tags: , |
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