February is heart health month and one local organization has done its part to stress the importance of healthy living. 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Mu Mu Omega chapter hosted Pink goes Red Zumbathon for heart health Friday night at the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County, showing students that fitness is not only important, but it can be fun too. The local sorority led students through several exciting dance exercises with music to get them in the groove.

“This is our chapter’s second time hosting this event, but the sorority hosts it each year to bring awareness to heart disease,” chapter co-chair Alexis N. Taylor said. “Our sorority’s color is pink, so we put on red today for heart health. We wanted to use this platform to teach the students about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest Greek letter organization, after it was established by and for college-educated black women in 1908. Huntsville has two chapters, the graduate branch Mu Mu Omega and the Sam Houston State University Theta Epsilon chapter. The organization seeks to follow the principles of high scholastics, ethical standards and service to all mankind.

“This event was a way to promote a healthy lifestyle which is the best way to maintain a healthy heart,” Taylor added. “Heart health is especially important in the African American community, especially among women, with 50% of African American women suffering from heart disease. We want to do our part to end that.”