World Heart Day celebrated Sept 29

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heartday_1.jpg__225x1000_q85World Heart Day was founded in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year.

World Heart Day is an annual event which takes place on 29 September every year. Each year’s celebrations have a different theme, reflecting key issues and topics relating to heart health. This year our theme is creating heart-healthy environments (see below).

Together with World Heart Federation members, World Heart Day spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) could be avoided if four main risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol – are controlled.

The success of World Heart Day depends on the proactivity of organizations from around the world to help us spread awareness of CVD, the world’s number one killer. For more information about how to get involved this year, click here.

Take part…

Walks, runs, sporting events, concerts, public talks and screenings… all sorts of activities will be organized by members and partners of the World Heart Federation, and individuals across the world to mark World Heart Day. We count on events like these to increase awareness of how we can combat premature mortality caused by cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke, the world’s number one killer.

Take a Healthy Heart Selfie…

This year we’d also like you to celebrate World Heart Day and shine a spotlight on your healthy heart choices by sending us a Healthy Heart Selfie – a photo of you, a colleague or friend (or lots of you!) making the heart symbol like our campaign image. We’ll then share it with the world on our website and via social media. www.twitter.com/worldheartfed using #heartchoices

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