The Heart Truth® Promotes Women’s Heart Health
About the Heart Truth®
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute sponsors The Heart Truth, an initiative to get the message out about the dangers of heart disease to all women. Working with national and community organizations, we provide educational materials for the public and health professionals, train leaders to educate women in their community, support National Wear Red Day®, and more.
The Heart Truth Champions Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health, provided 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 provided an interactive community audit and action plan development session. To date, The Heart Truth has trained 678 Champions who have conducted more than 790 community events, which have reached more than 633,000 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.
NHLBI, HHS, HHS Office on Women’s Health, and many other groups around the country annually celebrate National Wear Red Day on the first Friday in February to raise awareness about heart disease in women and to educate Americans about the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer in women and it is largely preventable. There are many ways for you to get involved in this important cause. Host a local National Wear Red Day tribute with your coworkers, with your families, or with your larger community.