Happy World Heart Day!
Today, we’re celebrating World Heart Day. This day is dedicated to bringing awareness to heart disease and strokes. World Heart Day aims to provide everyone with information and opportunities to learn more about what they can do to prevent heart disease, strokes and other heart related illnesses. As the leading cause of death (over 17 million deaths per year attributed to heart disease and stroke), World Heart Day hopes to help you avoid unnecessary illness or worse.
Four Main Contributors to Heart Disease
The World Heart Federation claims that at least 80% of premature deaths were a result of cardiovascular disease. According to the World Heart Federation, these deaths could have been avoided if the four main contributors to heart disease were kept under control: harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and an unhealthy diet.
The 2016 World Heart Day Theme
Every year, World heart Day is celebrated on the same day (September 29th), but features a different theme. This is to help draw more awareness to certain key characteristics of heart disease and what you can do to prevent it.
For the year of 2016 we will be emphasizing the importance of creating heart-healthy environments.
This year’s theme is designed to bring awareness to the fact that our places of living, work and play should not be promoting an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. For many people who work in offices, factories or other places of employment, they may not have control over the food that is offered or getting a work-space that is free from smoking.
By talking with leaders of your organization, you can start the conversation about creating a healthy workplace that will not put you and your coworkers at risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease. Likewise, if you are an organizational leader, you can take steps to creating a healthier environment for your workforce.
The quickest and easiest ways to improve the quality of your work-space and prevent heart related illnesses is to promote (or provide) healthier food options, rather than unhealthy snacks and foods (such as those found in most vending machines), while also transitioning your work-space into a smoke-free zone, or at least designate certain areas for smoking that can be avoided by the general population.
These philosophies and practices can be taken home, too! You can make a conscious effort for your entire family to eat healthier, ruling out smoking (or limiting it to certain areas that won’t affect everyone in the household), and promoting more physically engaging activities.
To learn more about World Heart Day, visit North County Health Services or give us a call! We’ll be happy to help you promote better heart habits for your home and workplace by equipping you with the knowledge you need to understand how to keep your heart healthy and prevent cardiovascular disease.