Red is more than just a color to wear
The color that you wear can define you. On Feb. 1, the employees at the hospital where I work were asked to wear red in honor of National Heart Health Month. Every year the color red reminds us that a heart-healthy lifestyle saves lives.
Incidentally wearing red on Friday also represents support of the United States military during these internationally troubled times. When my nephew was in harm’s way in Iraq during two separate deployments I wore red every Friday. When my son’s childhood best friend was in Afghanistan I did the same. Since then I’ve gotten out of the habit of donning crimson on the last workday of my week.
And it is no coincidence that the client that I am seeing for a series of four diabetes education sessions always wears a red sweatshirt to our Friday meetings. So last Friday, I ironed one of my favorite blouses — a red one.
I met my patient with a cheery smile and he said, “Semper Fi.” That’s Marine talk for “Always Faithful.” I asked if he had a relative or friend serving overseas and he replied that he did not. He wears his Friday red in appreciation of the military. I agree with his sentiments.
I didn’t want to explain to him that my red shirt represented Heart Healthy Month. I just walked proudly with him to the education office wondering if I had deceived him.
The employees were asked to pose for a department photo showing off their red to support a heart healthy lifestyle. All through the hospital the pictures that were submitted showed full support for the service that this valuable pumping muscle provides to the body.
If someone were to ask me why I was wearing red I would have had a mixed reply. I support the service that brave men and women give 24/7 to our country. There are veterans in my family that are especially near and dear to my heart.
I also can appreciate the service of the coronary muscles that beats 24/7 sending life sustaining blood throughout my body. Without the actions taken by either the military or my own heart, my life would be very different than it is today.
As a U.S. citizen my support of the military can be shown with letters and packages to the troops; an overdue expression of gratitude to those who have served; a donation to the Wounded Warrior Foundation; and daily prayers for their safety.
My responsibility to my own heart requires that I take care of it. No smoking, regular exercise, limited high-fat foods, more plant-based proteins, and at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
It doesn’t matter which side of the color red you stand. Wearing red emphasizes a support of life, love, a healthy life style and the pursuit of happiness.
Bobbie Randall is a certified diabetes educator and a registered, licensed dietitian. She supervises a diabetes self-management training program at Aultman-Orrville Hospital, Orrville. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330–684-4776.