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The Heart Truth - Champions Program
The Heart Truth - Champions Program

Philadelphia Champions pose together, seated and standing.

The Heart Truth® Champions Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, provides a day of training for individuals—including an overview of heart disease by a local cardiologist and/or nurse; personal stories of women with heart disease; an overview of The Heart Truth and Champions Program; and an overview of The Heart Truth's education materials for the public and health professionals. Additionally, the training provides an interactive community audit and action plan development session. To date, The Heart Truth has trained 611 Champions who have conducted more than 692 community events, which have reached more than 626,000 people.

The Heart Truth Champions represent faith-based, civic, women's, and/or health organizations. They may be community leaders, health educators, wellness directors, nurses, or other individuals who work at the local level and talk directly to people about their health. Most importantly, The Heart Truth Champions offer access to an extensive community network, especially populations of women that bear a disproportionate burden from heart disease. Champions are selected based on their current position and involvement in health education and community outreach in their local area. Click here to see photographs from the training program.

Over the past year, The Heart Truth Champions have taken a leading role in creating opportunities to participate in local community activities to raise awareness of women and heart disease.

A Year in Review: Champions Programming 2013

The Champions trained in 2013 completed their 6-month commitment to the Heart Truth Champions program. These Champions included community health advocates from: Tupelo, MS; Mobile, AL; and Balitimore, MD.

The 2013 Champions have planned and implemented a total of 23 events, reaching more than 2,664 people over the past 6 months. These events included health fairs, locally organized wear red events, health seminars, educational workshops, heart disease risk factor screenings, luncheons with heart healthy recipes, organized walks, presentations at parenting classes on heart health, on-air interviews with local heart disease survivors, and Red Dress® Sunday events at faith based institutions.

Champion Highlights

In Baltimore, Paula Guarente set up a booth at the Social Security Administration's Health and Wellness fair. She encouraged women to sign up for a 60-minute session where the participants received free screenings and heart health information and played a game on the risk factors for heart disease.

In Mobile, AL, Britney Evans delivered a series of presentations during National Womenís Health Week. She used The Heart Truth Speakerís Kit, fact sheets, and brochures to share heart health information with attendees each day.

In Tupelo, MS, Dottie Carnathan attended the Eupora Community Health Fair, where she administered blood pressure checks and lipid panel screenings to check for heart disease risk factors. During the testing, she shared information with attendees on heart disease, including heart healthy recipes.

Women pose outside Cuba Libre restaurant in Washington DC.               A group of women in Knoxville, TN pose before beginning their outdoor walk.

Champion Feedback

"There are limited resources for communities. Thank you for bringing support to advocates at the local level."

"Many thanks to all who are involved in this program and for allowing me to participate. A very special thanks to the NHLBI for sponsoring the program. I worked hard to make my activities a success. This has been a very good program and I hope it continues so that we can reach more people."

"Thank you for providing me with great information to share with my community. I pass it on frequently."

"Thank you for having me. My philosophy is 'once a champion always a champion'."

"I thoroughly enjoyed promoting awareness of women's risk for heart disease all year long. I would love to continue spreading the word. I am now planning my 2nd Annual Red Dress/Red Tie Event for next February! Thank you so much for this opportunity!"

Last Updated: August 2014

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