We all know that the heart is very important for us to lead a healthy life. It works 24/7 always pumping blood into all cells. This is why we need to honour it this world heart day and always. For, when it stops working, our life ceases.
This is why it is extremely important that we understand all about it. This is as important to the rich as it is to the poor in all nations and fortunately, the same steps need to be taken by all.
We know about many things around us but often don’t know enough about all the things within us. In this, heart and how to take care of it is definitely one of the aspects not being given enough importance.
This is true for both individuals, societies and leaders. With health deteriorating everywhere, fortunately, a step was taken recently.
This has surely made a difference to many people taking their own selves more seriously. Essentially, the aim is to enable greater responsibility in all areas. After all, change comes only with responsibility.
World leaders came together to address health a few years back, In May 2012, world leaders committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025.
Heart disease is accountable for nearly half of all non communicable deaths making it the world’s number one killer. World Heart Day is, therefore, good to unite in the fight against this ailment and reduce the global disease burden.
World Heart Day informs people around the globe that heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.9 million lives each year.
This is a 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.
This therefore unites people from all countries and backgrounds in the fight against the CVD burden and inspires and drives international action to encourage heart-healthy living across the world.
This had potential for global impact and so, the world established the WHF(World Heath Foundation) as a leading international non-governmental organization, striving to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease worldwide. Initially, they collatedinformation from member organizations.
This was subsequently published as the “White Book”.
- The global importance of heart disease and stroke was further emphasized in publications in other publications like The Global Burden of Disease.
- And the World Health Organization’s World Health Report 2002, subtitled Reducing Risks, Promoting Healthy Life.
- To spread awareneness,There are 90 national societies of cardiology,
- continental societies of cardiology, 54 heart foundations, and 4 continental heart networks.
These are charitable bodies or groups of committed persons within countries who represent patients and the public.
There is an increasing realization across the world that success in advocacy and preventive programs requires support not just from governments and health authorities, but also from patients and the public.
Without awareness, any preventive initiative cannot be taken. Now oups are increasingly motivated to make their views known to politicians.
The WHF takes up advocacy, education and training, and research. This surely is succeeding slowly but steadily.
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The Need For A Special Day On 29 Sep Like World Heart Day
The need to designate a special day for activities to prevent heart disease and stroke grew from the challenge posed by the escalating burden of cardiovascular disease and its implications.
This was more of a challenge in developing countries. , particularly in the setting of developing countries. Experts identified 6 risk factors that are relevant: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, tobacco use, alcohol use, low fruit and vegetable intake, and obesity.
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Despite evidence, however, cardiovascular diseases do not feature prominently on the health agenda of most developing countries, and many international organizations continue to focus on communicable diseases.
This fact highlights the need to broaden the health focus of developing countries to incorporate the prevention and control of non communicable diseases, primarily heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
Hence, a special day can be seen as an ideal opportunity to spread awareness at the country level within a globally led initiative.
This is a good day and an effective way of engaging the media, the public, policy-makers, and health professionals in information dissemination, awareness creation, and advocacy.
The ideal organization to spearhead such an initiative because of its well-established network of foundations and national societies all over the world is one dedicated to the heart.
When many people kept wondering which steps to take, thoughts began being shared. It was decided to make it the last Sunday of every September.
The official launch was scheduled for the year 2000. During 1999, partnership agreements were concluded with WHO and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The first year’s slogan was “Let it Beat”.
The focus was on emphasizing the benefits of physical activity in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Even today, this aspect is always given due importance in the area of heart health.
Of course, all other aspects such as nutrition also are given importance with awareness raised on what is healthy.
For instance, “Vegetarian-style diet patterns are associated with lower all-cause mortality.49 Vegetarian-style eating patterns are being used for the prevention and therapeutic dietary treatment of numerous chronic conditions, including overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease (hyperlipidemia, ischemic heart disease, and hypertension), diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis.50”― says Melissa Bernstein
Summary Of What We Need To Know About World Heart Day 29 Sep
Our health can be taken care of only by us. We need to give this all the importance it deserves.
As the heart is indeed an important organ for all of us, it does make sense we are aware of all the initiatives here so that we keep it healthy. In the process, we can lead a complete and healthy life always beginning this Sep 29.