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World Heart Day 2009 - Work with Heart

Each year the World Heart Federation marks 27 September as World Heart Day, a day set aside to promote heart and cardiovascular health around the world. This year's theme is "Work With Heart", promoting the philosophy that "a workplace that encourages health habits can reduce heart disease and stroke".

As taken from the World Heart Day website:World Heart Day 2009

The story "work with heart"

Over 17.2 million people die each year from cardiovascular diseases, making these the leading cause of death worldwide. Yet 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided by controlling the main risk factors: tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity.
Millions of productive life-years are lost annually, posing significant threats to the vitality of our highly-interdependent global system, especially in the context of the current financial crisis.

Businesses around the world, as well as leading organizations such as the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum have recognized the importance of employee health to achieve core business objectives. Many have committed to include health promotion on their corporate agenda.

Yet it is mostly large corporations in developed countries that offer workplace health programmes.

There is an urgent need to extend these benefits to all employees, in other industries and sectors, and in other parts of the world. In particular, workers in low- and middle-income countries, where over 80% of deaths from cardiovascular disease currently occur, could benefit greatly from the implementation of such programmes.

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FIP supports the important work of the World Heart Federation and commends the efforts of our FIP Members around the world who have initiated and implemented projects and intiatives that aim to raise awareness about heart health and the prevention of cardiovascular disease on community, regional and national levels. One such example is pharmaSuisse in Switzerland who have run World Heart Day activities for the past four years. Download a presentation that overviews this and many other of their projects here.

Do you have news about pharmacists involved in heart-healthy intiatives? Email it to Myriah at myriah@fip.org - we would love to tell your story!