This faith-based activities toolkit contains ideas and resources you can use to conduct activities to promote The Heart Truth® for women in your faith community. Program background information, faith-based resources, and other promotional and educational materials, as well as the activity ideas contained in this kit can help you formulate a plan for your own faith-based program.
Program Background Information
Learn more about The Heart Truth education program and how we are reaching out to women about the dangers of heart disease.
The Heart Truth: Program Overview
Provides an overview of The Heart Truth education program including program key messages, components, and partner information.
Consider these ideas for planning an event to promote the heart health of women in your faith community.
Organize a "Red Dress® Sunday" or "Red Dress Sabbath" event for your place of worship. You can put a notice in the bulletin, hold an educational session (Speaker's Kit), and distribute brochures and fact sheets. Also see the Ten Commandments for a Healthy Heart and Talking Points for Red Dress Sunday/Sabbath.
Ask the female leader of your place of worship to become an ambassador for heart disease awareness for women in your congregation.
Ask your ministry leader to deliver The Heart Truth messaging from the pulpit. Consider using Talking Points for Red Dress Sunday/Sabbath.
Organize a session using The Heart Truth for Women: A Speaker's Kit (Speaker's Kit), during a Women's ministry or Health ministry meeting.
Organize a health-themed Bible study.
Form partnerships with retail/clothing outlets to stage a Red Dress fashion show that donates a percentage of the profit for every red dress sold to a non-profit heart disease organization. (Sample partner outreach letter)
Incorporate a Red Dress theme for your women's ministry brunch or Mother's Day event.
Organize a heart health screening event and health fair for women at your place of worship.
Distribute Red Dress Pins (Ordering Information).
Place a link to The Heart Truth web pages (www.hearttruth.gov) on your place of worship's Web site.
Include an article on heart disease and The Heart Truth in the church's newsletter/magazine.
Consider including Ten Commandments for a Healthy Heart in your bulletin or on your web page.
Organize a heart healthy meal for you community.
The Heart Truth and its partners have developed these faith-based resources. If you or your organization has faith-based resources that you would like us to include in this toolkit, please submit them to NHLBIinfo@nhlbi.nih.gov for review and consideration.
- Talking Points for a Red Dress Sunday/Sabbath
Your ministry leader or lay health ministers can give these talking points from the pulpit.
- Ten Commandments for a Healthy Heart
These "commandments" can be included in your Sunday/Sabbath bulletin as part of a health announcement for women about heart disease.
Promotional and Educational MaterialsUse these downloadable materials to conduct your activity.
The Heart Truth for Women: A Speaker's Kit
The Heart Truth for Women: A Speaker's Kit is easy to use and supplies all you need to hold a 1-hour session on heart disease instructions, overheads, handouts, responses to likely questions, and a compelling video, which features women telling their own stories about how heart disease changed their lives.
- Speaker's Guide PDF (3.55MB)
- Speaker's Guide Text
- Speaker's Guide Presentation PPT format, 399K,
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- Power Point Presentation (HTML)
- Promotional Poster (PDF, 264K)
- Ordering Information
The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women
The 122-page, full-color, 20th anniversary edition of The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women provides information on women's heart disease and practical suggestions for reducing your own risk.
The Red Dress® Pin As the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, the Red Dress Pin serves as a red alert for women.
The Heart Truth for Women Brochure
The program brochure features women telling their own stories about heart disease and provides information about risk factors and a checklist of key questions to ask your doctor.
These easy-to-read fact sheets give essential information women need to find out their risk of heart disease and take action to reduce it. Read them for your own information, or order multiple copies to share with women in your community and workplace.
- The Heart Truth for Women: Take Action to Protect Your Heart
Gives women the information they need to talk with their doctor about their risk of heart disease and provides an action plan.
- The Heart Truth for African American Women: Take Action to Protect Your Heart
Provides The Heart Truth facts and figures specific to African American women.
The Heart Truth for Latinas: Take Action to Protect Your Heart
Provides The Heart Truth facts and figures specific to Latinas.
The Heart Truth for Women: Learn About Heart Disease
Explains what heart disease is, reviews screening tests, describes treatment options, lists heart attack warning signs, and gives you the key steps for developing your own plan.
When Delicious Meets Nutritious: Recipes for Heart Health
Features 10 mouth-watering recipes and lists practical tips and substitutions for creating heart healthy versions of your favorite recipes.
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Last Updated: December 21, 2016