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NIH Record  
Vol. LVII, No.13
July 1, 2005
Safra Family Lodge Dedicated
Health and Fitness Expo a Success
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STEP Session Describes Health Challenges of a Growing Population
Lester Brown addresses STEP forum.
It’s not every day that you go to a session on the NIH campus and hear about melting ice in Greenland, population growth trends and international markets. But that’s exactly what attendees heard at the recent STEP forum “Food for Thought: Sustaining the Global Population.” The health of a growing world population is going to depend on strong cooperation between many different communities.

Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, led off with a wide-ranging talk that provided a framework for the forum. While the world's population continues to grow, he said, world grain stocks are now at about their lowest level in 30 years. Two major challenges to meeting the growing demand in the coming years will be falling water tables and rising temperatures.

NHLBI Unveils First Ladies Red Dress Collection
First Lady Laura Bush unveils Red Dress Collection.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recently brought The Heart Truth campaign's red dress symbol to life at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with the debut of a new exhibit — The First Ladies Red Dress Collection. Unveiled during National Women's Health Week, the historic exhibit featured red gowns, suits and dresses lent by Mrs. Laura Bush and six former First Ladies, who have joined The Heart Truth to raise awareness about women's heart disease. The Red Dress is the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness and the centerpiece of NHLBI's campaign to raise awareness of the number 1 killer of American women.