Thursday 29th September 2011
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 annually. Together with its members, the World Heart Federation (WHF) spreads the news that 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.
World Heart Day will now take place on 29 September each year when local and national activities such as public talks and screenings, walks and runs, concerts or sporting events are organised worldwide by members and partners of the WHF.
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The Theme for Activities this Year is: ‘One World, One Home, One Heart’:
With the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) taking place in September, World Heart Day presents a great opportunity to communicate messages about the meeting outcomes, and the importance of elevating NCDs up the global health agenda.
This year WHF calls on individuals to reduce their own and their family’s risk of heart disease and stroke. WHF asks people to take charge of their home’s heart health by choosing healthy food options, increasing physical activity, and saying no to tobacco.
As always, the emphasis will be on improving heart health across all nations.