Red Dress Pageant Show to highlight healthy habits

By Blanca Morales
In an effort to promote healthier eating habits and exercise, several university entities teamed up for the eighth annual Red Dress Pageant Show and Health Fair set 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 15.
Marian Hall Ballroom is the site for the pageant involving the University of the Incarnate Word’s Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions, John and Rita Feik School of Pharmacy and the Department of Fashion Design, part of the School of Media and Design.
“Heart 2 Heart” is this year’s theme. Faculty members hope to highlight the influence of technology and communication on exercise and dieting, both of which are extremely important factors in the prevention of heart disease.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States and the No. 1 cause of disability in women. Since 1963, the American Heart Association has proclaimed February as American Heart Month to increase awareness of this debilitating and often detrimental disease.
A healthy lunch will be provided after the runway show, as well as a Q&A forum with Nursing and other Health Professions faculty.
Influenced by the association’s symbol — the Red Dress — UIW’s fashion students were invited to design and produce an original red garment for the runway. Dr. Melinda Adams’ Fashion Production Class is in charge of setting up the show.
“We have approximately 15 to 16 garments [for the show] as of right now and we hope to get a few more,” Adams said.

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