NIH’ers Make Pledges for National Wear Red Day
On Feb. 6—National Wear Red Day—members of the NIH community gathered in the Clinical Center atrium to make pledges to protect their hearts through healthier living as part of a social media campaign called Acts of Red. NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons and CC director Dr. John Gallin came to “practice what they preach” by posing for photos and pledging to make heart-healthy lifestyle changes.
Dozens of NIH community members made a variety of pledges from such things as walking 10,000 steps a day, climbing more stairs, drinking less soda, eating more celery, meditating daily, never smoking, eating more vegetables, dancing more and sleeping better. Interested participants got their photo taken holding their heart-shaped pledge and were encouraged to share it via social media using the hashtag #ActsOfRed. A slide show of the pledges is posted on NHLBI’s YouTube channel.
Research has shown that at 6 months, people who make New Year’s resolutions—pledges to change their behaviors—are more than 10 times as likely to keep them as people who don’t. It’s not too late to commit to protect your heart health. Make a pledge today and share it on social media using #ActsOfRed.
NHLBI, the HHS Office on Women’s Health and many other groups celebrate National Wear Red Day, which takes place each year on the first Friday of February to raise awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women and is largely preventable.
For more details about heart disease and National Wear Red Day, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov.
|Hearts aplenty. Above, NHLBI staffers prepare pledge boards. Below, NHLBI director Dr. Gary Gibbons (l) and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins make heart health pledges, as NIH community members join the effort.
|Above, NHLBI’s Liz Freedman (r) takes a photo of CC nursing department chief Dr. Clare Hastings at the atrium event. At right, NIMHD staff gather Feb. 6 to celebrate Heart Health Month. Below, CC director Dr. John Gallin makes his pledge, one of hundreds posted on the board and online throughout the event.