NIH Celebrates ‘Wear Red’ Day, Kicks Off American Heart Month
Among the notable highlights of the celebration was a special event at the Clinical Center, where an artist created a mural on a giant chalkboard and encouraged guests to write and share their advice about heart health. The event, hosted by NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons, encouraged everyone to share advice for the heart, “From the Heart.” Gibbons wrote “Know your numbers” on the chalkboard, urging people to know their blood pressure and cholesterol measurements. The Rockledge II lobby and Bldg. 31 cafeteria had similar chalkboard-signing events and the cafeteria also featured a display of red, heart-healthy foods, including apples and peppers.
Later that day, NHLBI helped paint the Internet red. The institute teamed up with the Heart Truth campaign and the American Heart Association for a #HeartChat hosted by Woman’s Day magazine on Twitter to raise awareness about heart disease in women. Despite research advances, heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women in the United States.
On Feb. 11, NHLBI also co-hosted the Red Dress Fashion Show in New York City, which featured celebrities walking the runway in red dresses created by fashion designers. Guests included Vanna White, Fran Drescher, Florence Henderson, Misty Copeland and many others. Gibbons attended the star-studded event and was joined by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.—Mark Sampson