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Vol. LXIV, No. 5
March 2, 2012
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On National Wear Red Day
NIH Expresses Thanks via Flash Mob

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NHLBI acting director Dr. Susan Shurin and acting deputy director Dr. Carl Roth express their thanks.
NHLBI acting director Dr. Susan Shurin and acting deputy director Dr. Carl Roth express their thanks.

NHLBI honored those who work to advance heart disease research and care on National Wear Red Day on Feb. 3, with more than 70 NIH staff members performing a flash mob dance in front of surprised Clinical Center patients and staff.

For 10 years, NHLBI has led the nation in observing National Wear Red Day—an opportunity to raise awareness that heart disease, while still the #1 killer of American women and men, is largely preventable.







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This year’s event was intended to “thank the incredible teams—scientists, doctors, nurses, clinical trial participants, educators, volunteers and many others across the country—who are working to advance heart disease research and clinical care every day,” said NHLBI acting director Dr. Susan Shurin, who participated in the flash mob.

On Wear Red Day, Feb. 3, NIH staff gathered to thank those who work to advance heart disease research and clinical care every day.
On Wear Red Day, Feb. 3, NIH staff gathered to thank those who work to advance heart disease research and clinical care every day.

During the 4-minute performance, staff danced to Lulu’s cover of Put a Little Love in Your Heart and held up thank-you signs before urging onlookers to join in the fun.

A table display next to the performance area encouraged passersby to write personal messages about heart health in paper hearts and to pick up educational materials.

Videos of the flash mob were posted on the NHLBI and NIH YouTube channels and were promoted through social media to get the word out to those who work beyond campus as well as to staff who did not attend. The videos racked up a combined total of more than 5,000 views within the first 2 weeks.

A few of the personal heart-related messages written for a table display on Wear Red Day
A few of the personal heart-related messages written for a table display on Wear Red Day

The flash mob was one of many activities led by NHLBI during American Heart Month in February. The 10th annual Red Dress Collection 2012 showed at Fashion Week in New York City on Feb. 8, with 17 celebrities walking the runway in awareness-raising designer red dresses. NHLBI staff joined the Mayo Clinic and WomenHeart on a panel discussion for members of the media, highlighting progress and reflecting on challenges still facing the women’s heart health movement.

NHLBI also continues to partner with HHS’s Million Hearts to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next 5 years.

Watch the flash mob video on the Director’s Corner link at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/ and share it with others to continue to spread the message of thanks.NIHRecord Icon


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