Take good care of your heart

This World Heart Day, the focus is on creating healthy heart environments. This is by ensuring that everyone has the chance to make healthy heart choices wherever they live, work, study and play. The World Heart Day encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk, and promotes heart-healthy environments for those around us.
“Today we have an opportunity to prevent the future impact of heart disease and stroke by enabling heart-healthy living from childhood throughout adulthood,” said the Gauteng Department of Health’s spokesperson, Steve Mabona.
He added that we need to protect future generations against heart disease and strokes, by encouraging and enabling heart-healthy living from early life as the behaviour of today’s children will affect the future burden of heart disease and strokes.
“The risk of dying or becoming seriously unwell due to heart disease and stroke is also largely underestimated in women.
“According to World Health Organisation, heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths in the world.”
The department is calling on people to make healthy heart choices, exercise, incorporate healthy eating habits and say no to smoking and excessive drinking.
World Heart Day 2015 is about creating healthy heart choices for everyone, everywhere. It is about the impact our environments can have on our ability to make the best choices for our heart health.

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