World Heart Day is an ideal date to promote healthy lifestyles and keep cardiovascular diseases at bay, which are the number one cause of death in the world.
This September 29 is World Heart Day, a date that seeks to raise awareness of healthy environments and their importance in reducing risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.
According to information from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), heart-related conditions represent “the leading cause of death in the world, and in most countries in the Americas. They cause 1.6 million deaths per year, 30% of them premature in people between the ages of 30 and 69 years old.”
The Spanish Society of Cardiology explains that these conditions can be triggered by other conditions such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or even air pollution.
According to the PAHO, a large percentage of these deaths could be avoided simply by promoting healthier lifestyles. The World Heart Federation explains that this is achieved by strengthening three fundamental pillars: eat more fresh and natural food, stay free of tobacco smoke, and promote physical activity.
This will make it possible to reduce premature mortality from diseases of this type by 25% by 2025, meeting one of the objectives of the Global Plan for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.
For this reason, and to commemorate this day, we provide some advice from the World Health Federation to encourage healthy living habits:
- Whenever possible, eat five servings of fruit and vegetables per day; either fresh, frozen, canned or dehydrated.
- Limit consumption of processed and packaged foods, as they are often high in salt, sugar, and fat.
- Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate or intense physical activity 5 times per week, whether playing, walking, or dancing. All activities count.
- Stop smoking (or do not start). This will improve your health and that of those around you.
- Keep negative stress under control and encourage breaks in the middle of your day, by meditating, breathing, or listening to music.
- Encourage assertive communication and maintain quality social ties.
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