The Heart Truth, NHLBI's national awareness campaign for women about
heart disease, recently launched two keynote activities for 2006 — a
Road Show and the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show. The road show
started its tour in April and will travel to three communities to
provide free heart disease risk factor screenings. In collaboration
with the American College of Cardiology and the HHS Office on Women's
Health (OWH), the tour will stop in Pittsburgh, Memphis and Washington,
||Modeling one of the designer
Red Dresses at Fashion Week in New York is singer Kelly Rowland
of the now-disbanded group Destiny's Child.
Only 13 percent of women consider heart disease to be their own
greatest health risk. Yet, 80 percent of midlife women have one
or more risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure
or being overweight.
"We know that there is a disconnect among women as it relates
to heart disease and their own personal risk," said NHLBI director
Dr. Elizabeth Nabel. "Therefore, it is critical for NHLBI and our
partners to be in communities that are at high risk of heart disease
to help women better understand their own personal risk and empower
them to take action for heart health."
NIH'ers are encouraged to visit the Heart Truth Road Show at Union
Station on May 12-14, which is Mother's Day weekend and the kick-off
of the OWH National Women's Health Week. The exhibit will highlight
the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness — the
Red Dress. Accompanying the free screenings and educational materials
will be a display of six designer dresses from the Red Dress Collection
Fashion Shows, held each February in New York City at Olympus Fashion
Visit www.hearttruth.gov for
more information about the Road Show stop in Washington, D.C.,
including exhibit hours.