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Heart Disease Risk Factor Infographics
Risk factors are conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease. An astonishing 80 percent of women ages 40 to 60 have one or more risk factor for heart disease. These infographics explain key modifiable risk factors—smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight or obese, physical inactivity, and diabetes or prediabetes—and steps women can take to protect their heart health.
Fashion Week 2013
On February 6, 2013, The Heart Truth celebrated its 2013 Red Dress Collection℠ Fashion Show at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, featuring 16 celebrities and special guest Cindy Parsons, a heart disease survivor from northeast Connecticut, who walked on behalf of Follow the Fifty, a community initiative funded by The Heart Truth Community Action Program. Each wore a stunning red dress custom-made by a top fashion designer. Participants included Wendy Williams, Jillian Michaels, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Toni Braxton, and Savannah Guthrie to name a few. The Red Dress Collection 2013 was presented by Diet Coke with support from partner WebMD.
Fashion Week 2012
On February 8, 2012, 17 celebrated women took to the runway in red dresses created by some of America's top designers at New York's legendary Hammerstein Ballroom in honor of The Heart Truth's 10th anniversary. This year's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show included Christie Brinkley, Chaka Khan, Linda Evans, Rebecca Romijn, and Giselle Blondet to name a few. The Red Dress Collection 2012 was presented by Diet Coke and partners Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas.
Fashion Week 2011
On February 9, 2011, The Heart Truth unveiled its annual Red Dress Collection 2011 Fashion Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The Fashion Show featured 22 of the hottest celebrities—including Suzanne Somers, Giuliana Rancic, Linda Gray, Ann Curry, and Tararji P. Henson—and paired them with America's top designers. The Red Dress Collection 2011 was presented by Diet Coke. National sponsors include Swarovski, AOL, and make-up partner Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
First Ladies Red Dress Collection 2010-2011
Starting September 30, 2010, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, is showcasing the fourth installment of the First Ladies Red Dress Collection. This unique display features red gowns and suits worn by America's First Ladies, as well as designer red dresses to raise awareness of the #1 killer of women—heart disease. The year-long featured exhibit will include the addition of red dresses from Pat Nixon, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lou Hoover, Bess Truman, and Jackie Kennedy, as well as a display of 12 designer red dresses from the Red Dress Collection Fashion Shows.
Fashion Week 2010
The Heart Truth returned to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 11, 2010, for the annual Red Dress Collection Fashion Show. The Fashion Show paired 17 of America's top designers with "women of heart" including Heidi Klum, Kristin Chenoweth, Felicity Huffman, Robin Roberts and Valerie Harper. The Red Dress Collection 2010 was presented by Diet Coke. National sponsors include Swarovski, Tylenol and St. Joseph Aspirin; and make-up partner Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
Red Dress Collection Fashion Show in Argentina
Dr. Cristina Rabadan-Diehl, from The Heart Truth campaign (fourth person from right), with Argentine celebrities during the launch of the campaign in partnership with the Favaloro Foundation from Argentina. The campaign in Argentina will be known as Cuidá tu corazón, The Heart Truth™ (Take Care of Your Heart) and was officially launched on September 9, 2009, with a Red Dress Collection fashion show during an annual fashion event called "Buenos Aires Alta Moda".
Fashion Week 2009
For the seventh year, The Heart Truth returned to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with the Red Dress Collection 2009. The Fashion Show paired America's top designers with 20 "Women with Heart", including (from left to right) Daisy Fuentes for Pamella Roland, Vivica A. Fox for Jenny Packham, Hilary Duff for Donna Karan, and Lynda Carter for Carolina Herrera.
First Ladies Red Dress Collection 2008-2009
CANTON, OH, November 2008-May 2009, In its third national showing, The Heart Truth First Ladies Red Dress Collection is featured at the National First Ladies' Library as the centerpiece of the Library's "Caring Hearts: The Health of a Nation" exhibit.
Road Show 2009
The Heart Truth Road Show traveled to six U.S. cities this past spring to provide free heart disease risk factor screenings and disseminate educational materials. Co-presented by Diet Coke and General Mills, the exhibit featured six designer red dresses worn by celebrities in the Red Dress Collection Fashion Shows. Cities included: Minnesota, MN, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Charlotte, NC, New York, NY, and Atlanta, GA.
Road Show 2008
In the spring of 2008, The Heart Truth Road Show had its largest tour to date, stopping at 10 cities across the US, bringing free screenings, the Red Dress℠ display, and educational materials to women who remain under-informed about heart disease. The cities included: Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Birmingham, Charleston, Houston, Dallas, and West Palm Beach.
First Ladies Red Dress Collection 2007
SIMI VALLEY, CA, February 16, 2007—As continued supporters of The Heart Truth, Mrs. Laura Bush—the Founding Ambassador for The Heart Truth campaign—Sec. of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mrs. Barbara Bush, Mrs. Nancy Reagan, Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, Mrs. Betty Ford, and Mrs. Claudia (Lady Bird) Johnson have each contributed red dresses and suits from their personal collections for a limited viewing at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Fashion Week 2008
NEW YORK, NY, February 1, 2008-The finale of the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show 2008 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with Heart Truth ambassador Mrs. Laura Bush. The show featured 15 "Celebrated Women" wearing designer red dresses, including (from left to right) Molly Sims for Daniel Swarovski, Heidi Klum for Marc Jacobs, Lisa Rinna for Michael Kors, Cheryl Hines for Catherine Malandrino, Allison Janney for Donna Karan, Ana Ortiz for Badgley Mischka, Liza Minnelli for Halston Original, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Camryn Manheim for Ali Rahimi, Rita Moreno for Lily Samii, Ashanti for Tracy Reese, Maria Menounos for Marchesa, and Sara Ramirez for Angel Sanchez.
Fashion Week 2007
NEW YORK, NY, February 2, 2007-Backstage at The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion Show 2007 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The show featured 23 "Celebrated Women" wearing designer red dresses, including (from left to right) Angela Bassett for Carmen Marc Valvo, Helena Christensen for Calvin Klein, Alek Wek for Ellen Tracy, Kimberly Guilfoyle Villency for Nicole Miller, Kim Cattrall for Carolina Herrera, Sheila Johnson for Bob Mackie, Katharine McPhee for Daniel Swarovski, Danica Patrick for Jovovich-Hawk, and Mae Jemison for Lyn Devon.
Road Show 2006
April-October, 2006—The Heart Truth Road Show, a traveling exhibit about women's heart health, visited shopping malls in four cities. The Road Show delivered an urgent heart health wake up call to women in cities with populations at high risk for heart disease.
Fashion Week 2006
NEW YORK, NY, February 3, 2006-Female musical artists celebrate the conclusion of The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2006 Fashion Show on the runway at Olympus Fashion Week. Wearing red dresses designed by America's top fashion houses including Amerie for Tommy Hilfiger (far left), Elaine Stritch for Charles Nolan (center left), Kelly Rowland for House of Dereon (center right), and Nelly Furtado for Betsey Johnson (far right).
First Ladies Red Dress Collection 2005
WASHINGTON, DC, May 12, 2005-The Heart Truth's Founding Ambassador Mrs. Laura Bush (right) and former First Lady Nancy Reagan (left) commemorate the unveiling of the First Ladies Red Dress Collection at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The display features red dresses and suits donated from all seven of America's living First Ladies in support of The Heart Truth.
Fashion Week 2005
NEW YORK, NY, February 4, 2005-Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, pose for a picture backstage at The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2005 Fashion Show. The Duchess, an ambassador of The Heart Truth, modeled a special Red Dress designed by Ralph Lauren during the Red Dress Collection 2005 fashion show.
Women of Color Initiative
NEW YORK, NY, February 4, 2005-The Heart Truth's Founding Ambassador, Mrs. Laura Bush, announces The Heart Truth partnerships with leading organizations representing and reaching women of color.
Leading Causes of Death for American Women
Heart disease is the #1 killer of women. It also strikes at younger ages than most people think, and the risk rises in middle age.
Last Updated: March 1, 2013