Hearts Beat Red


by Brianne Bowles

One in four American men and women die from heart disease in the United States each year. This shocking statistic is a great example why the disease needs attention. The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the U.S. that supports the health and well-being of people, and to prevent / care for the diseases caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Students from Oakdale were astounded to hear that 1 in 4 people die from heart disease each year.

When Freshman Emmet Arnold was informed of this, he exclaimed, “I didn’t know that, yet I’m not surprised by that statement.”

Senior Harlee Brashers also expressed, “I am not surprised  by that, so many die from heart disease.”

After talking to a variety of students, it was apparent that none were surprised that so many people have passed away from heart related issues. Oakdale’s involvement in this movement has opened kids’ eyes to the seriousness of heart disease.

Mrs. Jessica Miller, a Social Studies Teacher and leader of Student Government Association, was asked her viewpoint on Oakdale’s involvement with the American Heart Association. She then expressed her part in the matter, voicing, “Heart disease is a major health issue that does not get enough attention.”

Hence SGA encourages students to participate in wearing red to the basketball games that are on February 12th and 17th.

Another authority figure interviewed was Guidance Counselor Mr. Nick Dewaal. What he thinks of Oakdale’s involvement with the American Heart Association: “[It is a] great idea” and he hopes everyone wears red on Friday and goes to support the girls and boys game.

Overall Oakdale’s staff and students continue to support the American Heart Association by raising awareness.