While Schuyler Central High School’s football team looks to beat York on Friday, fans can help the American Heart Association defeat two of the nation’s largest health threats: cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The Schuyler Red Out Committee is asking fans to wear their gray “One Heart” shirts at the home game to support the school’s “Red Out,” a benefit for the American Heart Association.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. with a walk around the high school track from 5:15-6:15 p.m. to celebrate those who have fought cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The Schuyler Red Out Committee will be selling “One Heart” T-shirts for $15, with proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Shirts can also be purchased in advance by contacting a committee member.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming one life every 35 seconds on average, but an estimated 80 percent of cardiovascular events are preventable with simple changes such as eating a healthy diet and exercising daily. Other factors outside physical inactivity and obesity include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and tobacco use.

Congenital heart defects, which occur in about 1 percent of live births in the United States, are the leading cause of death from birth defects. Each year, about 36,000 babies are born with heart defects, the most common congenital malformations in newborns.

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