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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Selects Ogilvy PR/Washington for Next Phase of Award-Winning Women and Heart Disease C

Incumbent Tapped to Execute The Heart Truth Campaign for Another Three Years

Washington, DC, April 12, 2005 – The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has selected Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (Ogilvy PR) to execute The Heart Truth public awareness campaign for another three years. This appointment follows a comprehensive agency review process with Ogilvy PR as the incumbent, carrying out the campaign’s message—Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear—It’s the #1 Killer of Women—for the past three years.

“NHLBI is very pleased to continue its work on The Heart Truth campaign with Ogilvy PR,” said Ann Taubenheim, PhD, Project Officer, Coordinator, NHLBI Women’s Heart Health Education Initiative. “They have helped to lead a tremendously effective campaign over the past three years, and we anticipate continued success during the new contract period.”

“We’re overjoyed to continue our existing partnership with NHLBI and build on the momentum of the past three years,” said Robert Mathias, Managing Director of the Washington office. “The Heart Truth campaign has already achieved remarkable results in raising awareness of heart disease among women and we now have the chance to bring the campaign’s message—along with its Red Dress—to even more women.”

NHLBI selected Ogilvy PR/Washington to continue its existing Heart Truth campaign that ignited a powerful awareness movement of heart disease as the leading killer of U.S. women among the women’s health community, major corporations and the national media. Highlights of the past three years include introduction of the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, a groundbreaking partnership between NHLBI and the fashion industry at New York’s Fashion Week, First Lady Laura Bush serving as the campaign ambassador, and numerous partnerships with national and local community organizations.

Led by Jennifer Wayman, Senior Vice President/Group Director of Social Marketing, the $4.9 million, three-year contract will be based in Ogilvy PR’s Washington office. The next phase of the campaign will include continued efforts to advance the Red Dress and an increased focus on reaching women of color with The Heart Truth.


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