In recent years much has been done to improve mortality caused by the cardiovascular epidemic, but it remains the number one killer on the planet and any decline may be short term and can change direction so we cannot relax our vigilance. Human behaviour plays a huge part in CVD risk, with lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity, together with socio-economic and genetic factors, being a major cause of CVD.
World Heart Day is the world’s biggest awareness-raising platform for CVD and this year we are pleased to partner with Withings, a connected health leader known for its clinically-validated devices that provide people with valuable insights into their overall health to help them reach their goals, in order to motivate people to promise to take control of their risk factors and help prevent heart disease and stroke. For instance:
“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world, making it crucial that people take control of their heart health today and make improvements that will help them prevent major issues in the future,” said Mathieu Letombe, CEO of Withings. “We are excited to partner with the World Heart Federation for this year’s World Heart Day to help educate people on simple habits they can incorporate into their daily routines – like adding more activity to their day and monitoring their blood pressure from home – to make lasting changes.”
Download the CVD prevention factsheet now in English and French at worldheartday.org/materials.
My Heart, Your Heart
Created and led by the World Heart Federation (WHF), World Heart Day aims to combat the rising of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and champion heart health equity. The 2019 campaign is about creating a global network of Heart Heroes, all inspiring each other to look after our hearts by making and keeping a promise:
On 29 September, people all around the world will unite to fight CVD by making and sharing their own campaign posters online, holding awareness activities and events, spreading the word on social media, sharing the campaign videos, organizing fundraising activities for their local heart foundation and illuminating iconic landmarks, buildings or monuments.
To make your promise to support heart health this World Heart Day, visit http://www.worldheart.org and create and share your own poster and promise on social media using #WorldHeartDay and tagging www.facebook.com/worldheartfederation.