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Heart Truth Community Action Grant will fund integration of The Heart Truth®, empowering community organizations to help women understand and lower their risk for heart disease.

SEATTLE (November 9, 2015) – The Hope Heart Institute, or “The Hope,” a Bellevue-based research and education organization dedicated to raising awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention, is one of four organizations nationwide to receive The Heart Truth Community Action Grant sponsored by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) as part of a public-private partnership with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

The $150,000 grant will be used to integrate The Heart Truth, the NHLBI’s national education program for women about heart disease, and National Wear Red Day® with The Hope Heart Institute’s Women Take HeartTM Program. These initiatives help raise awareness about women’s heart disease symptoms and provide women with practical and effective tools for healthier living. Sub-grantees include the YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County (YWCA), Mercy Housing Northwest, Global to Local, Valley Medical Center and CanCan Health.

“We are beyond honored to have received this prestigious grant from the FNIH in partnership with the NHLBI,” said Cherie Skager, executive director of The Hope Heart Institute. “This grant will help us continue our mission of serving more communities throughout the Northwest through cardiovascular research and education by incorporating The Heart Truth and National Wear Red Day into our current curriculum.”

As part of this program, The Hope will be developing, implementing and evaluating a nine-session Women Take HeartTM Curriculum Series that will be translated into Spanish, Russian, Somali, Arabic, Amharic, and Vietnamese. The YWCA, Mercy Housing Northwest and Global to Local staff and volunteers will be implementing the programs in their communities.

In addition, The Hope will begin implementing “Train the Trainer” sessions in Seattle, Kent and Tacoma so that community health advocates can learn to be instructors in their communities. The class topics include:

  • Know Your Risk for Heart Disease (includes biometric screenings)
  • Emergency Preparedness and CPR/AED Training
  • Physical Activity
  • Blood Pressure and Sodium Intake
  • Cholesterol and Fat
  • Diabetes and Blood Sugar
  • Portions and Eating Plans
  • Eating Healthy on a Budget
  • Family History and Review (includes biometric screenings)
  • Smoking Cessation (optional class)

In partnership with Valley Medical Center, The Hope will develop a women-specific heart attack awareness video in English, Spanish and Russian and work with Valley Medical Center and the Renton Fire Department to fund more than 10,000 blood pressure and glucose screenings in Renton.

Lastly, the organization will collaborate with CanCan Health to develop an “Above the Belt Health” curriculum to share with college sororities in Washington, Oregon and California. The curriculum will focus on heart disease prevention, breast cancer prevention and making positive lifestyle choices to benefit overall health and wellness.

Funding for the grant is provided by individuals and corporations including Home Shopping Network (HSN), Diet Coke, Belk Department Stores, and Swarovski. For more information about The Heart Truth Community Action Grant, please visit:

The Hope Heart Institute: www.hopeheart.org

The Heart Truth: www.hearttruth.gov

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health: www.fnih.org

About The Hope Heart Institute

The Hope Heart Institute delivers research, education and hope to those in the Northwest who are at risk or have been impacted by cardiovascular disease, the #1 cause of death in America. With a focus on risk-reduction and prevention through nutrition, exercise and wellness education, The Hope makes heart disease more beatable, treatable and preventable. For more information about The Hope, visit www.hopeheart.org

Media Contact:                  

Lori Meyers

The Hope Heart Institute

P: 206-915-7384

E: lmeyers@hopeheart.org