SUNY Plaza Goes Red for American Heart Month

February 21, 2013

SUNY Plaza Goes Red

Albany — State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that the historic SUNY Plaza building in downtown Albany will be lit red at night for the remainder of the month, to raise awareness during American Heart Month and in support of the American Heart Association’s "Go Red for Women" initiative.

“The American Heart Association has made excellent strides toward increased awareness about the dangers of heart disease among women since they began this campaign 10 years ago and we are proud to support their ongoing efforts,” said Chancellor Zimpher.

Heart Disease is the number one killer of women in the United States and accounts for one out of three female deaths annually.

"The Go Red movement is about educating women about their risk factors for heart disease," said Maria Decker, member of the Capital Region Advisory Board of the American Heart Association and chair of the 2013 Captial Region Go Red for Women Luncheon. "Women put off everything to take care of everyone else, but all these buildings that are red are a good reminder to put their heart health first. We are grateful to have so much support for our mission here in the Capital Region."

"With the SUNY Plaza and Downtown Albany Business Improvement District joining the Times Union Center in Glowing Red this month, it should raise awareness and help the American Heart Association bring attention to women and heart disease," said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy. "All month, the Times Union Center has also displayed heart healthy messages in the arena during events."

Funds raised by Go Red for Women allow the American Heart Association offer educational programs, increase women's understanding about their risk for heart disease and support research to discover scientific knowledge about heart health.

SUNY Plaza, formerly the Delaware & Hudson Railroad Building, was built in the early 1900s when it was determined that an attractive plaza and surrounding buildings would be a preferred backdrop for the State Street neighborhood, instead of the large railroad yard, passenger and freight trains, and railroad bridge that bordered the waterfront. The central tower of SUNY Plaza is 13 stories high and capped by an 8-foot-tall working weathervane that is a replica of Henry Hudson's Half Moon.

The SUNY Plaza flood lights that shine on the face on the building will be lit in red every Monday through Friday night for the remainder of February.

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