World Heart Day

World Heart Day: 29th September 2015

“Since the creation of World Heart Day in 2000, the World Heart Federation together with its members has spread the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main modifiable risk factors of tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.”

World Heart Day Evaluation Report 2014

 

Every year, The World Heart Federation holds World Heart Day on 29th September. The day is a global action day, giving everyone the opportunity to make their own interventions against cardiovascular disease.

 

The theme for this year’s World Heart Day is “healthy heart environments” and is designed to get everyone thinking about healthy heart choices in all areas of their daily lives – at home, where they work, and where they play. It is hoped that this will contribute towards reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and promote a more heart healthy world.

 

This video from the WHF explains the day in more detail:

What Is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a wide reaching term that basically refers to some form of heart problem. This can include angina (chest pain), heart attack or heart failure. According to NHS Choices, it is the leading cause of death both in the UK and worldwide. In the UK, more than 73,000 people die from heart disease each year.

 

How Do I Get Involved?

There are many ways you can get involved in World Heart Day from arranging an event within your local community, to help spreading the messages across social media. This year, the WHF is encouraging “Healthy Heart Selfies.” Simply get a photo taken of yourself making the heart symbol with your hands as shown in the video above and post it to the WHD’s Facebook page or send them a tweet. Remember to use #heartchoices or #worldheartday

A wealth of literature is also available including leaflets and posters which you can distribute in either places or work or around your local community.

If organising an event sounds more appealing, here a few ideas:

  • Organise a day of sporting activities and measure pulse and heart rates at different stages throughout the physical exercise process.
  • Arrange talks on exercise regimes and healthy diets, with a particular emphasis on foods that benefit the heart.
  • Get together a group of people and brainstorm some ideas for healthy heart infographics that you can use on social media or on literature to disseminate within your place of work or community.
  • Organise a “flash mob” – an easily noticeable group of people who are prepared to go to their nearest town centre and raise awareness of cardiovascular disease by handing out leaflets and talking to passers by about cardiovascular disease statistics and ways they can take care of their hearts.
  • Organise a sponsored walk, run, dance, fitness class – or any other activity that increases your heart rate!
  • Run free screening events

Want to make a healthy start to September and make the right #heartchoices? Check out Richmond GP Out of Hours blog article on 7 Tips For A Healthy Heart.