World Heart Day: Together We Can

/ 31/08/2012 /

heartSince 2000, World Heart Day has been bringing people together on September 29!

According to the World Heart Federation website, “World Heart Day was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.1 million lives each year. Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.”

How Can People Recognize World Heart Day?

·      Public talks

·      Health screenings

·      Walks and runs

·      Concerts for awareness

·      Informational newsletters

To learn more about how the rest of the world will spend World Heart Day, please visit this link.

World Heart Day 2012 Key Image and Theme

In 2011, the theme for World Heart Day was home heart health. This year, it will be the year of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention among women and children. Some of the main discussion points of CVD, according to the World Heart Federation, are as follows.

Women/children and CVD are not synonymous.

  • CVD is commonly misconstrued as an “older persons’” and “men’s” disease
  • Women underestimate their CVD risk even though almost half of the 17.3 million annual deaths occur in women

Children are particularly at risk, since they have little control over their environment and can be limited in choices to live in a heart-healthy way. Unless action is taken to enable heart-healthy activity, the children of today are at increased CVD risk later in life.

Women/mothers are often the gatekeepers to their family’s health; hence, key influencers in keeping their hearts healthy.

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