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World Heart Day celebrations

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Families and communities are urged to encourage each other to develop heart-healthy habits for this year’s World Heart Day celebrations.

WITH 155 million overweight and obese children globally, studies have shown that parents can play a major role in helping children control weight and develop other healthy habits to reduce major risk factors for heart disease and stroke in later life.

Recognising parents’ influence not only in families but beyond into community groups, this year’s World Heart Day, 30 September 2007, is themed Team Up for Healthy Hearts.
World Heart Day, now in its eighth year, is run by the World Heart Federation’s member organisations in over 100 countries.

Heart disease and stroke is the world’s largest killer, claiming 17.5 million lives a year – 80% in low- and middle-income countries.

Heart disease and stroke is largely preventable if the main risk factors, including high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol and blood glucose, tobacco use, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, overweight and obesity, and physical inactivity are reduced.

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Posted by Tuan Rumah at 7:48 AM  
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