First Lady Bush Promotes Heart Disease Awareness

By Matthew Zavala

Feb 1, 2007 4:26pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers Reports: First Lady Laura Bush has been an advocate for raising awareness about heart disease in women and today she heads to New York City for events marking the start of American Heart Month.

Tomorrow is "Wear Red Day" for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Red Dress Project. The First Lady got a jump start on things and wore red today because the President signed the proclamation designating February American Heart Month (see below).

The First Lady spoke after the President today in the meeting with business leaders on childhood obesity and highlighted heart disease as the leading cause of death among American women and men.

Mrs. Bush said that reaching out to women and mothers through the Red Dress Project will help children because it is mothers who make food and exercise choices for their children.

The First Lady is the national ambassador for "The Heart Truth" campaign – http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/hearttruth/

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