Every year World Heart Day is observed on the last Sunday of September every year, but as of this year to celebrate the 11th anniversary World Heart Day 2011 is celebrated on 29 September. World Heart Day is celebrated to inform people about cardiovascular diseases, which are the biggest cause of death worldwide. The event also aims to promote preventative measures that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
World Heart Day, is a joint effort organized by the World Heart Federation, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO, and the United Nations Sport for Development and Peace initiative. World Heart Day has been celebrated annually since 1999.
Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and this is projected to remain so, according to WHO. Main rising factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke include:
- Raised blood pressure, cholesterol & glucose levels.
- Inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables.
- Physical inactivity.
World Heart Day Quotes
What we call the heart is a nervous sensation, like shyness, which gradually disappears in society. It is fervent in the nursery, strong in the domestic circle, tumultuous at school. – Disreali
A royal heart is often hidden under a tattered cloak. – Danish pr
If a good face is a letter of recommendation, a good heart is a letter of credit. – Bulwer Lytton
A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fools heart is at his left. – Bible
A noble heart, like the sun, showeth its greatest countenance in its lowest estate. – Sir P. Sidney
World Heart Day 2011 Theme
Every year World Heart Day is celebrated with a Theme. The theme of World Heart Day 2011 is “One World, One Home, One Heart“. This theme appeals to individuals to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases of their own and their family members by choosing healthy eating habits, adopting physical activities and quit consumption of tobacco.