Red Dress Sunday

St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland

by Church Health Reader Editors

Courtesy of Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland

How will your congregation promote heart health on Red Dress Sunday?

For over a decade, St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland has promoted Red Dress Sunday, a chance for congregations to educate and advocate for heart disease prevention. More than 170 congregations in the region have hosted Red Dress Sundays as part of the national Red Dress movement sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Their website includes loads of helpful downloads like a heart disease fact sheet, tips for hosting a successful Red Dress Sunday, and how to engage your pastor. Visit for more information and to host your own Red Dress Sunday!

St. Agnes Hospital’s 5 Tips for Engaging Your Pastor:

  1. Schedule a meeting early on.
  2. Identify the people who can get it done.
  3. Map out a promotional plan using your existing resources.
  4. Share stories of success.
  5. Promote the need.

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