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Century students were all decked out in red this month. Today students will participate in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments to raise funds for the American Heart Association. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Red Out’ day fights heart diseases

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By Anna Erickson

Century students are raising money for the American Heart Association.

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The fundraising effort started earlier this month with “Red Out” day, where students wore red. Students also had the opportunity to make a donation to play in the gym during recess instead of going outside throughout this week.

Hoops for Heart, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament is today (Saturday), March 16.

All money raised at these activities goes to the American Heart Association.

Cardiovascular disease kills more people in the U.S. than the next five leading causes of death combined, including cancer.

According to the American Heart Association, regular periods of moderate to vigorous physical activity (3-5 times per week) enhance the health, academic performance, attitudes and classroom behavior of children at school.

Some other facts from the American Heart Association include:

n A number of studies have demonstrated that increased physical activity is linked to better school performance.

n Overweight adolescents have at least a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight adults.

n Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women.

n In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. People can greatly reduce their risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.

Here are some ways to lower the risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

n Watch your weight.

n Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.

n Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.

n If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

n Get active and eat healthy.

n Talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45, or a woman past menopause.

n Manage stress.

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