Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel speaks at the White House on Feb. 11, 2008.
NHLBI Director Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D. welcomed then First Lady Laura Bush, the Heart Truth’s national ambassador, at the campaign’s 2008 Red Dress Collection Fashion Show held on National Wear Red Day, February 1, at Fashion Week in New York’s Bryant Park. Mrs. Bush opened the show with remarks about the power of the red dress in drawing women’s attention to heart disease and Hollywood leading ladies walked the red carpet runway in fabulous red dresses created by America’s top designers.
Also on February 1, Mrs. Bush spoke to the nation on a topic "close to my heart—America’s heart health" during the weekly Presidential radio address. She noted that although heart disease deaths among women have decreased every year from 2000 to 2005, more people need to know The Heart Truth, as too many women, especially African Americans, still die of heart disease. Mrs. Bush’s Heart Truth radio address is available at:
On February 11, 2008, then First Lady Laura Bush held an event at the White House to honor The Heart Truth and fifth anniversary of the introduction of the Red Dress as the campaign’s national symbol and the support of the many campaign partners. Then President George W. Bush thanked the fashion industry for "stepping up" to fight heart disease and Mrs. Bush for her service and commitment to The Heart Truth. Mrs. Bush talked about the success that is being achieved in raising awareness of women’s heart disease and the power of the Red Dress Symbol. Dr. Elizabeth Nabel gave a brief history of The Heart Truth campaign, recognizing results achieved and the challenges that still remain. More information about this event, including a video, is available on the White House’s Web pages at: