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Vol. LXV, No. 5
March 1, 2013
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NHLBI Gets in the Groove for National Wear Red Day, American Heart Month

On Feb. 1, NHLBI celebrated National Wear Red Day and the start of American Heart Month by hosting several NIH-wide activities. People came together across campus to raise awareness of heart disease and celebrate those who are taking action to protect their hearts.

Staff kicked off National Wear Red Day by getting their hearts pumping and feet moving in an NHLBI- and Recreation & Welfare Association-led Zumba class at the Clinical Center.

Following the Zumba class, NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons participated in a heart health Twitter chat with U.S. surgeon general Dr. Regina Benjamin and representatives from Black Entertainment Television Networks’ CENTRIC and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) The chat “trended” nationwide, which means it was one of the most-followed topics on Twitter during the chat.

In addition, NHLBI’s The Heart Truth education program partnered with Eurest cafeterias on campus to serve heart-healthy lunches, raffle off goodies and provide relevant literature to customers.

National Wear Red Day was co-founded by NHLBI and the American Heart Association (AHA) to raise awareness about heart disease, which is the number 1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

Throughout February, NHLBI also hosted and/or participated in several other activities to support heart disease awareness:

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) and NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons wore red to support awareness of women’s heart disease.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (l) and NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons wore red to support awareness of women’s heart disease.

Photo: Bill Branson


 Zumba group on National Wear Red Day

Zumba group on National Wear Red Day

Photo: Stephanie Dutchen

  • Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, Feb. 6: Through a public/private partnership with the ACC, The Heart Truth unveiled its 11th Red Dress Collection in New York City. The Red Dress Collection 2013 Fashion Show featured more than 20 celebrities walking the runway in fashions created by some of America’s top designers. The fashion show reaches millions of people each year who wouldn’t otherwise hear NIH’s important public health education messages. To see video footage from the fashion show, visit www.facebook.com/hearttruth.

  • Spanish-language Facebook chat, Feb. 13: As part of The Heart Truth’s efforts to reach Hispanic women, the program, its media partners Siempre Mujer magazine and Discovery Familia and the AHA hosted a Spanish-language Facebook chat. Participants gained heart-healthy tips from experts, shared their own successes and learned from others.
The only time they want to be in the red. Members of the OD Division of Financial Management, Government Accounting Branch get into the spirit of National Wear Red Day. Shown are (standing, from l) Tanasia Mason, Anna Sieber, Madan Verma, Cathy Dooley, Karen Johnson, Sandra Waddy, Gene Belt, Deborah Moore and Jennifer Rock. Kneeling are (from l) Cynthia Fortis, Valerie Thomas, Mary Dinh and Arlene Polk.

The only time they want to be in the red. Members of the OD Division of Financial Management, Government Accounting Branch get into the spirit of National Wear Red Day. Shown are (standing, from l) Tanasia Mason, Anna Sieber, Madan Verma, Cathy Dooley, Karen Johnson, Sandra Waddy, Gene Belt, Deborah Moore and Jennifer Rock. Kneeling are (from l) Cynthia Fortis, Valerie Thomas, Mary Dinh and Arlene Polk.

Photo: Karen Logue


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