WORLD HEART DAY: SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

 

WORLD HEART DAY

Quick Facts

World Heart Day is annually observed on the last Sunday of September to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases and ways to reduce their risk.

Local names

Name Language
World Heart Day English
Día Mundial del Corazón Spanish

World Heart Day 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

World Heart Day 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

World Heart Day is globally held on the last Sunday of September each year 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.

Fresh Red Apple on Tree in Huon Valley, Tasmania, AustraliaHealthy eating is one of the lifestyle topics promoted on World Heart Day. ©iStockphoto.com/Ashley Whitworth

What do people do?

Many people around the world unite with governments and non-government organizations celebrate and promote World Heart Day each year. Activities include fun runs, public talks, concerts, and sporting events. The World Heart Federation organizes awareness events in more than 100 countries. They include:

  • Health checks.
  • Organized walks, runs and fitness sessions.
  • Public talks.
  • Stage shows.
  • Scientific forums.
  • Exhibitions.
  • Concerts.
  • Carnivals.
  • Sports tournaments.

These activities are done in partnership with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s directing and coordinating authority for health.

Public life

World Heart Day is a global observance but it is not a public holiday.

Background

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide and this is projected to remain so, according to WHO. About 17.5 million people died from cardiovascular disease in 2005, representing 30 percent of all global deaths. Risk factors that may lead to heart disease and stroke include:

  • Raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.
  • Smoking.
  • Inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables.
  • Overweight.
  • Obesity.
  • Physical inactivity.

World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death. Together with organizations such as WHO, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80 percent of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors – which are tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity – are controlled. World Heart Day started in 1999 and is held on the last Sunday of September every year.

Symbols

Various leaflets, posters, brochures and other material used to promote World Heart Day show images of people taking steps towards healthier living through activities such as exercise, as well as eating healthy and nutritious food. The heart symbol is also seen in promotional material.

World Heart Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Sun Sep 26 1999 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 24 2000 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 30 2001 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 29 2002 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 28 2003 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 26 2004 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 25 2005 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 24 2006 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 30 2007 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 28 2008 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 27 2009 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 26 2010 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 25 2011 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 30 2012 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 29 2013 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 28 2014 World Heart Day United Nations observance
Sun Sep 27 2015 World Heart Day United Nations observance
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