Put on your red dress.More than 300 attendees turned out at the end of January for the second annual Heart and Soul Women's Executive Leadership Luncheon held in Washington, D.C. The event is touted as one of the best awareness events focusing on women and heart disease. This year's luncheon served as the D.C. kickoff for National Wear Red Day on February 4, 2005, which promoted heart care, health, and awareness. The Center for Association Leadership partnered with The National Institute of Health's Heart Truth Campaign, The American College of Cardiology The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is a nonprofit medical association established in 1949 to educate, research and influence health care public policy. The president for the 2006–2007 year is Steven E. Nissen.  The organization has 39 chapters in the U.S. , The American Heart Association American Heart Association (AHA),
n.pr a national voluntary health agency that has the goal of increasing public and medical awareness of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and thereby reducing the number of associated deaths and disabilities. , The Heart Rhythm Society, the American Hospital Association American Hospital Association (AHA),
n.pr a nonprofit national organization of individuals, institutions, and organizations engaged in direct patient care. The association works to promote the improvement of health care services. , WomenHeart, and the Sister to Sister Foundation to sponsor the event at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center.
A portion of the 2004 Red Dress Collection was on display at the luncheon, and lucky attendee Anne Hamilton-Chehab, vice president, resort sales and services, Walt Disney World Noun 1. Walt Disney World - a large amusement park established in 1971 to the southwest of Orlando
Orlando - a city in central Florida; site of Walt Disney World Resorts, won a Neiman Marcus makeover and a trip to New York City, travel and lodging donated by Starwood Hotels and the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, respectively, to attend the 2005 Red Dress Collection Fashion Show during Bryant Park's Olympus Fashion Week.
The February 2005 fashion show was hosted by The Heart Truth, a national heart disease awareness campaign for women sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute,
n.pr established in 1948, this division of the National Institutes of Health is responsible for research and education on cardiovascular, pulmonary, systemic diseases, and sleep disorders. , which is part of the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS in partnership with the American Heart Association, Dallas; WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, Washington, D.C.; and other organizations committed to the health and well-being of women.
In the two years since NHLBI NHLBI,
n.pr See National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. launched the red dress symbol, a national survey conducted by Harris Interactive in January 2005 found that 60 percent of all the women surveyed agreed that the red dress made them want to learn more about heart disease. Twenty-five percent of women recalled the red dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, and 45 percent agreed that it would prompt them to talk to their doctor and get a check-up. For more information, visit www.heart.gov, www.americanheart.org/red, or www.womenheart.org.