The Philippine Heart Association (PHA), in coordination with the World Heart Federation (WHF), with support from the World Health Organization, Department of Health, the Foundation for Lay Education on Heart Diseases, and the Heart Foundation of the Philippines, celebrates World Heart Day on September 26, 2010 at the Central Plaza of Market! Market! Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
This year’s celebration, which marks the 10th year milestone of the World Heart Day commemoration, carries the theme “Workplace Wellness”, and aims to use the workplace to promote long-term behavioural changes that will benefit employers, employees and communities. Research has shown that workplace-wellness programmes have benefits for both employees and employers, by improving health, productivity and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. At this 10-year milestone, the PHA joins the WHF in urging government, healthcare professionals, employers and individuals to reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke. This year, World Heart Day will encourage everyone to take responsibility for their own heart health and say “I work with heart”.
Activites include a Heart Fair which features an aerobics exercise program, basic CPR mass demonstrations and free risk-factor screening services for local cholesterol screening, body mass index, BP monitoring, waist circumference measurement, and ECG. Lectures about healthy lifestyle, heart healthy diet, prevention of heart diseases, and cardiac rehabilitation will be given.
About World Heart Day
World Heart Day was created by the World Heart Federation 10 years ago to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death claiming 17.1 million deaths each year.
This year, World Heart Day is taking place on Sunday, 26 September 2010. Activities will include the launch of a global cardiovascular disease 10-year report card in partnership with the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum as well as a comparative survey of heart healthy occupations. National activities organised by members and partners of the World Heart Federation may also include public talks, walks and runs, concerts, sporting events and much more.
To get involved, find out more or to just tell us about your experiences working in a healthy workplace visit www.worldheartday.org