World Heart Day 2012

The Sister to Sister Foundation proudly recognizes World Heart Day 2012, celebrated on September 29th of each year. Founded by the World Heart Federation in 2000, the focus in 2012 is the Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases in Women and Children.

In honor of World Heart Day, Sister to Sister is partnering with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to highlight the importance of the prevention of non-communicable diseases, with special attention to cardiovascular disease, to the leaders and Health Ministers of PAHO member states during the Pan American Sanitary Conference and the Annual Meeting of the World Health Organization’s Regional Committee for the Americas.

The program, "PAHO Cares" will include cardiac screening interventions and educational programming on the identification of risk factors, importance of early detection and impact of healthy lifestyle changes on heart disease.  This program is being held on September 28th, 2012 at PAHO headquarters in Washington, DC.

In addition, a heart healthy buffet reception will be prepared by Executive Embassy Chefs from PAHO member states based on their countries’ traditional cuisine in a heart-healthy way. Embassies representing Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica, Hungary, Panama and Peru are participating. The reception is for the Health Ministers and high-level delegates at PAHO headquarters on September 21st, 2012.

World Heart Day was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year and the numbers are rising. Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors (tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity) are controlled.

To find World Heart Day activities in your area, download campaign materials and learn more, visit the World Heart Federation online.

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