Education and Awareness

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) develops health education and awareness programs to effect positive change in public health. These initiatives focus on implementing national programs to help lower the risk for and consequences of heart, lung, blood, and sleep diseases and disorders. We develop these educational programs by first synthesizing accepted scientific findings. We then use our knowledge of adult learning theory, sound behavior change, and social marketing to design informational materials that not only effectively inform our audience but also enable them to make healthy changes to their behavior. Moreover, the NHLBI partners with private-sector organizations and other Government agencies to amplify critical public health messages.


American Heart Month

Join NHLBI during the month of February and beyond to raise awareness about heart health. We offer a wide variety of educational materials and resources to use in your community, on social media, and more that help people learn more about what they can do to protect their hearts.

The Heart Truth®

The Heart Truth® is a national education program that raises awareness about heart disease and its risk factors.

High Blood Pressure: Advances in Research to Improve Health

Join the NHLBI in May during National High Blood Pressure Education Month and beyond to raise awareness about high blood pressure. Through its research and clinical trials, the NHLBI is improving the health of people who have high blood pressure. We offer educational resources to help people manage and lower their blood pressure, including DASH eating plan resources. 


Asthma Awareness 

Asthma is a long-term  lung disease that causes periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. When people control their asthma, they can lead full and active lives. Use our resources to raise awareness of asthma and encourage proper treatment.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness 

COPD is a progressive lung disease that over time makes it hard to breath. Most people who have COPD have both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is a leading cause of death in the United States. Join us on the #COPDjourney and help raise awareness about COPD and its symptoms. 

COPD National Action Plan

The COPD National Action Plan is the first-ever blueprint for a multi-faceted, unified fight against the disease. Developed at the request of Congress with input from the broad COPD community, it provides a comprehensive framework for action by those affected by the disease and those who care about reducing its burden.

Learn More Breathe BetterSM

Learn More Breathe BetterSM is a national health education program that raises awareness about asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung health. 

Lung Health

For 50 years, the Division of Lung Diseases has advanced research on lung diseases and sleep disorders. Learn about how the lungs work, research developments, and clinical studies.


Sickle Cell Disease: Research, Programs, and Progress

Sickle cell disease affects about 100,000 Americans, many of whom are African American. The NHLBI continues its legacy of commitment to use science to extend and improve the lives of people who have sickle cell disease. We also develop resources and support engagement activities for patients, their families, researchers, health professionals, and other partners.


Sleep Health

About 50 to 70 million Americans have sleep disorders, and 1 in 3 adults do not regularly get the recommended amount of uninterrupted sleep they need to protect their health.

Other Initiatives

Aim for a Healthy Weight

Aim for a Healthy Weight provides science-based weight control information for patients, the public, and health professionals. Resources include healthy eating plans, menu planners, recipes, a BMI (body mass index) calculator, and physical activity tips.

The Community Health Worker Health Disparities Initiative

The Community Health Worker Health Disparities Initiative aims to address health disparities by partnering with organizations in underserved and minority communities. In collaboration with these organizations, we assist community health workers (CHWs) and other health educators in teaching the members of their communities about heart health and strategies to make heart-healthy behavior changes.

We Can!® (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition)

We Can!® (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition) is a national science-based education program designed to give parents, caregivers, and entire communities the tips, tools, and strategies they need to help children maintain a healthy weight. The program focuses on three important behaviors: improving food choices, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time.