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A healthy heart is vital for living life to the full, regardless of age and gender. Unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and smoking are the leading causes of heart disease and stroke. The unhealthy lifestyles that lead to cardiovascular disease often begin in childhood and adolescence, so that prevention of heart disease must begin there. The World Heart Federation works to prevent tobacco use and promote healthy diets and physical activity among children and youth.

Children in the City is a campaign designed in partnership with UEFA and WHF members to improve access and awareness of physical activity in young people living in selected low-income urban neighborhoods. The programme is aimed at creating heart-healthy habits which can last for life, while allowing children to have fun playing sports, including football. Read more >

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Working with members and partners involved in the “Kids on the Move” project, the World Heart Federation has produced four factsheets to help members make the case for making promotion of healthy diet and physical activity a priority for policy, school curricula, and community activity.  Read the fact sheets >

Eat for Goals! is an application developed in partnership with UEFA and available in English and Spanish which gives young people the opportunity to cook the same heart-healthy recipes as some of the world’s top footballers (e.g. Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Lotta Schelin,  Fernando Torres and Sergio Ramos).  Eat for Goals! encourages young people to eat healthily and lead an active lifestyle, in order to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke. Learn more about  Eat for Goals! >

The Hearts of Children initiative strives to protect the hearts of women and children from cardiovascular disease by raising awareness and providing mothers and children with the knowledge, tools and environment to live heart healthily. World Heart Federation partner Frédérique Constant created a special edition "Hearts of Children" watch to support and promote the cause and have donated 100 of these watches to World Heart Federation members.
Learn more about the Hearts of Children initiative


Rheumatic heart disease is the leading heart problem among children, adolescents and young adults in developing countries. It causes young people to develop heart failure, and many eventually die from the disease or require heart surgery, which is often not available or affordable in the countries where the disease is most common.
Learn more about World Heart Federation activities aimed at preventing rheumatic heart disease and rheumatic fever>
Read the factsheet Global Voices>


Video about Rheumatic Heart Disease in South Africa

View the video on Rheumatic Heart Disease in South Africa

Video about Rheumatic Heart Disease in the Pacific

View the video on Rheumatic Heart Disease in the Pacific