My Heart, Your Heart #WorldHeartDay: Make a promise … for my heart, for your heart, for all our hearts. World Heart Day is celebrated every year on 29 September. World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities and governments around the world participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others initiated by the World Heart Federation. It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.
This year the theme is focused to make a promise … for my heart, for your heart, for all our hearts.
A promise as an individual to cook and eat more healthily, to do more exercise and encourage your children to be more active, to say no to smoking and help your loved ones to stop. A promise as a healthcare professional to save more lives. A promise as a politician to implement an NCD action plan.
Theme is about celebrating and connecting like-minded people. My Heart, Your Heart is about creating a sense of commitment around the common cause of heart health.
It is a concept that encapsulates the values of World Heart Day. It is simple, warm, emotional and translatable. It feels vital and innovative and flexible enough to provide an umbrella for different campaign strands.
A simple promise… for MY HEART, for YOUR HEART, for ALL OUR HEARTS.
- Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, kills over 17.5 million people every year and is the leading cause of death and disability in the world.
- A third of all deaths on the planet are caused by CVD every year.
- 80% of premature deaths from CVD could be avoided if risk factors are controlled: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and alcohol.
- Tobacco kills 6 million people a year and is estimated to cause nearly 10% of cardiovascular disease.
- By 2030 it is predicted CVD will be responsible for nearly 23 million deaths per year.
- By making just a few changes to our lives, we can reduce our risk of heartdisease and stroke, as well as improving our quality of life.
- 30 minutes of activity a day, giving up smoking and eating a healthy diet can help prevent heart disease and stroke.
- Ischemic heart disease (heart attack) is responsible for 7.3 million deaths every year.
FOR MORE INFO: World Heart Federation