A Fond Farewell: The Heart Truth Campaign commemorates Dr. Elizabeth Nabel

Uploaded by NHLBI on 10.03.2011

[upbeat music]
[Text against a red fabric background:] As the Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Dr. Elizabeth Nabel
has led the Federal government's effort to give women a personal and urgent wake-up call about their risk of heart disease
with the award-winning The Heart Truth campaign.
[The Heart Truth logo]
Dr. Elizabeth Nabel: This is a fun and exciting day. We so look forward to being here every year.
We know that as a result of the Red Dress collection and the Red Dress fashion show,
many women are reminded of heart health and are inspired to understand their risk and to take action.
Tim Gunn, fashion television personality: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute created and introduced the Red Dress
as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.
Nabel: The Red Dress is our red alert about the importance of heart disease.
Red is a symbol of passion and hope, and we have great hope for American women
that they can reduce their risk for heart disease.
Fern Mallis, Senior Vice President, IMG: And if something as simple as a red dress with a celebrity wearing it can save one woman's life,
I can't think of any more important fashion show to have as part of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush: Women now realize that they can have a heart attack,
that it's not just their husbands or their boyfriends.
Cicely Tyson, actress: I would like to make people aware of the fact that that muscle is what keeps us alive,
and in order for it to serve us well, we have to take care of it.
Danica Patrick, Formula One driver: This is such a great event that brings awareness in such a fun way so that people
pay attention to such a serious illness that kills more women than anything else, and that's heart disease.
Nabel: It's particularly important that we begin to raise the awareness of heart disease
in African American women and Latino women.
[Montage of photographs, magazine and journal spreads of The Heart Truth and Dr. Nabel: Time Magazine, Cardiology, etc.]
NBC narrator: Heart disease kills more women than all the cancers combined,
but The Heart Truth's Dr. Elizabeth Nabel says there are things women can do to fight.
Nabel on NBC: Eat a healthy diet, stay physically active, don't smoke, and maintain a healthy weight.
Fox News anchor: We talk to Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Nabel on Fox News: More women die of heart disease in this country than any other disease. It's a silent killer.
Narrator of "Lifetime Salute to Dr. Nabel," 2008: Elizabeth Nabel is a woman cardiologist in a field still dominated by men.
She's developed groundbreaking new cell therapies for cardio health,
particularly for women who are often misdiagnosed when it comes to heart disease.
Lifetime salutes Dr. Elizabeth Nabel for operating straight from the heart.
Laura Bush: I also want to thank Dr. Elizabeth Nabel for her work as director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
I think she's here, somewhere out there.
[Text beside models wearing red dresses:] Heightened awareness is leading to action.
Heart disease deaths in women have seen a steady decline in each of the 7 years from 2000 to 2006,
a consecutive yearly decline that has not been seen before.
[Text quote from Wanda K. Jones, Dr.P.H., Dept. of Health and Human Services:] Your dynamic leadership of The Heart Truth
has taken it to a level of visibility none of us could imagine.
I am grateful for how you have added warmth, credibility, and accessibility to the campaign and the science behind it.
[Text quote from Jane Chesnutt, Editor-in-Chief, Woman's Day:] Betsy is in a class by herself: incredibly smart, dedicated, gracious, elegant.
She clearly helped take The Heart Truth to another level, and we're all the better for it.
[Text quote from Caren Pasquale Seckler, AVP, Coca-Cola North America:] Thanks to Dr. Nabel's visionary leadership
and commitment to both The Heart Truth and its partnership with Diet Coke, today even more women
are better equipped with tools and information to help them lead healthy lives.
Phyllis Greenberger, President/CEO, Soc. for Women's Health Research: It's been a pleasure to know and to work with Dr. Nabel
at the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, particularly in focusing attention on sex differences in cardiovascular disease.
She's been an important person, a very loyal friend and supporter of the issues we care about.
Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: From your leadership at National Heart, Lung, and Blood, reorganizing, developing the strategic direction,
protecting young investigators while maintaining the highest scientific integrity, your leadership is renowned.
Meanwhile, as the wonder woman that you are and the multitasker,
you were able to accomplish this while leading one of our largest public health campaigns, The Heart Truth.
Dr. Sharonne Hayes, Mayo Clinic: The Heart Truth was in its infancy when you took over the directorship. Under your guidance
and strong advocacy, Heart Truth has flourished, and expanded its reach beyond our imaginations and I hope yours.
So thank you for your leadership, for your advocacy, for your vision and support, and your passion for women
with heart disease. Good luck.
[The Heart Truth logo]