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World Heart Day 2018

It’s #WorldHeartDay , an opportunity to reflect about our health and to make a promise to live a more heart-healthy life.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are disorders of heart and blood vessels. They include: coronary heart diseases, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease, heart disease and other conditions.

CVDs are the number 1 cause of death globally.

CVDs kill 17.9 million people every year, 31% of global deaths.

85% of all CVD deaths are due to heart attack and strokes.

Many CVD deaths can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Controlling key risk factors such as diet, physical activity, tobacco use and blood pressure may reduce an individual’s risk of CVD.

This #WorldHeartDay , take a pledge for a healthy heart and a healthy life.




Let’s beat NCDs

On 27 September 2018, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a High-level meeting to review national and global progress achieved on the control and prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

It’s important to raise awareness of the impact of NCDs since they are a major cause of mortality worldwide. We need to urge governments to increase their commitment to improve the lives of people affected by noncommunicable diseases and to make prevention and control of NCDs a priority.

During the next two weeks I will be posting some news and facts about NCDs, what they are, how they can be prevented and addressed.

Together let’s beat NCDs!


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Movember is back!!

It’s that time of the year again- Movember is back.

What’s Movember? It’s an annual campaign that takes place in November to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.

It’s held by the Movember Foundation, a global organization that focuses on men’s health with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of men dying prematurely.

The campaign aims at generating a conversation about men’s health and raising funds for the Foundation’s projects that address three of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

The Movember Foundation is committed to helping men living healthier, longer. To do so they need our help.

Here’s how to get involved.

Grow. Men can grow a moustaches through the month to raise funds and inspire conversations about men’s health.

Move. Men and women are invited to being physically active. Walk, run, cycle, swim. Set a goal and challenge yourself, friends, family. Do something good for you and men’s health while having fun and raising funds.

Host an event. Campus, workplace, sport club, community center, home. Gather your friends, colleagues, family, neighbors. Throw a party, have dinner together, organize a sport tournament, anything that can help to generate a conversation and donations for men’s health while having a good time.

One more thing I suggest to do is talking to your husband, boyfriend, brother, father, friend about the importance of screening and regular health checkups and inviting them to see a doctor. For several reasons, men tend to neglect aches and pains, minimize symptoms and are reluctant to talk to doctors. However, prevention is the key to a healthier life.

So, have a conversation with men about the importance of discussing health issues and getting screened, and encourage them to visit a physician. Avoid nagging; just be loving and supportive.

Click here to learn more about the Foundation, the Movember campaign, the work they fund and other ways to get involved.

Let’s help them stop men dying too young!!



Today is September 29 which means it’s #WorldHeartDay, a chance to raise awareness about Cardiovascular disease (CVD).

CVD, which includes any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease of the blood vessel such as strokes and heart attack, kills over 17.3 million people every year!!!

There are many risk factors associated with CVD. Some of them, e.g., family history, cannot be controlled while others, like high blood pressure, can be prevented.

Although we now know a lot about how to prevent CVD, it’s not easy for everyone to follow scientists’ and doctors’ recommendations. This is why, this year, the #WorldHeartDay campaign focuses on creating heart-healthy environments that will enable people make healthy heart choices, wherever they live, work and play.

If you’d like to learn more about CVD, the campaign and the worldwide activities, please click the links below.

Meanwhile, here’s how you can protect your heart:

  • Be physically active. 30 minutes of activity a day can help prevent heart attack and stroke. Try to make exercise a daily habit. It will help you relieve stress and lose weight, which are risk factors of many chronic diseases. How to get active? You don’t need to run 10 miles, or lift heavy weight at the gym. Spend time outdoor with your children, play with them at the park, have fun with your friends dancing, go for a bike ride, even go to work with your bike or walk, or, if you use public transports, get off one or two stops early and walk the rest. Taking the stairs and doing household chores count as well!
  • Say No to Tobacco. After you stop smoking, your risk of CVD will be halved within one year and will return to normal levels over time. And don’t forget that second-hand smoke is dangerous too. So try to avoid smoke-filled environments.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet. Nutrition plays an important role in prevention of CVD. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, consume whole-grain cereals, nuts, seeds, use extra virgin olive oil as main fat, reduce salt consumption (processed foods contain a lot of salt), prefer spices. Moderate the consumption of saturated fats (meats, fish, eggs, dairy), limit consumption of added sugars (e.g., in fruit juices and sodas). Drink water and drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of CVD. Control your body weight by eating healthy food, reducing portion sizes, and staying active.
  • Enjoy life. Yes, that’s correct. Try to spend time your family and friends, get adequate rest, smile more, and stress less!

Happy #WorldHeartDay everyone!!

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