World Heart Day – Fighting heart attacks & strokes
Sept. 29 is World Heart Day. In an effort to educate the public about the dangers of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Heart Federation are working together to raise awareness. People around the world have been observing World Heart Day on September 29 since 2000. Exhibitions, health checks, walks and runs, forums, concerts and tournaments will take place in more than 100 countries.
More than 17 million people die each year due to heart disease and stroke, the world’s leading cause of death. And CVDs continue to rise around the world. By 2030, it is estimated that over 23 million people will die from CVDs. According to the World Heart Federation, at least 80 percent of those deaths could be prevented by avoiding certain risk factors include tobacco use, obesity, lack of physical activity, high cholesterol and glucose levels and improper diet.
Did you know that just 30 minutes of exercise and eating at least five servings of fruit and veggies per day, will help prevent heart attacks and strokes? This year, why not participate in a few of the World Heart Day activities and learn more about heart disease. It could save your life.
Today is also All Angels Day, Goose Day and National Coffee Day!