A Day to Wear Red

Feb 4, 2016

If you're around the UC Davis campus on Friday, Feb. 5, be sure to wear red.

Faculty, staff and students--and everyone else interested--will take over Hutchison Field, UC Davis campus, on Friday for the third annual UC Davis Wears Red Day.

It's meant to promote heart health, but we like to promote bee health, too. (After all, this is a blog about bugs.)  That's why we're including a pollen-packing honey bee heading toward lavender. The pollen is red--but not from the lavender. It's from the nearby rock purslane.

Check out what UC Davis Dateline editor Dave Jones wrote about Red Day.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with CPR training and a walk-through the MEGA heart exhibit. That's until 2 p.m. Then the Battle Heart Disease Fair (including Zumba) will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At high noon,  everyone will gather to form a huge heart. "We've done this twice before, both times in the rain. Friday's forecast is precipitation-free!" Jones said. "So put on your UC Davis Wears Red Day T-shirt and join in! (Shirts are available at all UC Davis Stores; $2 from every purchase goes to the UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program.)

While folks are forming the heart, the California Aggie Marching Band-uh will make it fun! It's also a great time to take selfies. Be still, my heart.

Want to attend? Let UC Davis know on its Facebook event page.

You can also tweet about it using the hashtag: #UCDavisWearsRed.

And you can Follow Dateline UC Davis on Twitter.

As an aside, I'm not sure if any red pollen-packing honey bees will be there, but take heart, they'll be somewhere!