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More than 75 BWHers gather in the Tower Lobby for a group photo on National Wear Red Day.
Talk about a red-letter day. Hundreds of BWHers wore red on Feb. 4—National Wear Red Day—to raise awareness of women’s heart disease and participate in a group photo in the Tower Lobby.
“I found it incredibly inspiring that so many of my colleagues at BWH wore red,” said BWH President Betsy Nabel. “Thank you for raising awareness of women’s heart disease, which has affected so many of our lives in different ways.”
The cause is especially near and dear to Nabel’s heart. During her time leading the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, one of her signature accomplishments was the development of The Heart Truth health campaign that created and used the Red Dress as a national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.
“Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women as well as men,” said Janet Keyes, a nurse practitioner in the Cardiovascular Division. “We want everybody to know that they should have blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and be aware of other risk factors that could lead to heart disease, such as smoking, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes.”
Antonio Miles, of Orthopedics, said wearing red was an easy way to show support for an important cause.
“Anything I can do to help support awareness, I’m all for it,” he said.
Many others who couldn’t join the group photo donned red scrubs, sweaters, ties and hats, making for a colorful and meaningful day at the Brigham.
In keeping with the theme, the Cafeteria featured a special menu on Friday, including items such as heart-healthy stuffed chicken breast with mushrooms and spinach, and roasted tomato and cauliflower soup.
Gloria Castro, NICU operations supervisor, and Mary Greer of Food Services, get in the spirit of National Wear Red Day Feb. 4.
Watch a video of BWHers talking about the importance of raising awareness for women’s heart disease and view a photo gallery