This year, on 29 September, we urge people to take action by sharing healthy heart tips and attending iconic illumination events. We can all 'share the power' and inspire our families, friends and communities around the world to make the small lifestyle changes that can make a powerful difference to heart health.

 

Fighting against the number one global killer

 

CVD is the leading cause of death and disability in the world, killing 17.5 million people a year. That's a third of all deaths on the planet and half of all non-communicable-disease-related deaths. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 23 million. Globally, 1 in 10 people aged 30 to 70 die prematurely from CVD, including heart disease and stroke, but the good news is that at least 80 per cent of these premature deaths could be avoided or postponed.

We cannot underestimate the global importance of good heart health – 31 per cent of all deaths worldwide are from CVD. World Heart Day is our chance to bring people together to tackle the world’s biggest killer and urge more people across the globe to improve their heart health. The power to change is in our hands. Making lifestyle changes such as eating more fruit and vegetables, keeping active and stopping smoking can save millions of lives.

 

Lighting up red and inspiring each other

 

Every year, to mark World Heart Day, we ask iconic buildings, landmarks and monuments across the world to light up red in support of our mission and to provide a powerful visual symbol for the campaign. This year the list of illuminations includes Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, the Nasdaq screen in Times Square, New York the Singapore Flyer, the Sky Tower in New Zealand, Avala Tower in Belgrade, Serbia, Angel de la Reforma in Mexico City, Jet d'Eau in Geneva, Switzerland, the home of the World Heart Federation, and many others.

More members of the public than ever before are also getting involved by sharing their heart healthy selfies and tips using #WorldHeartDay and attending one of the thousands of events taking place around the world, from walks and talks to health screenings, fun runs and more.

Together we have the power to reduce the burden of, and premature deaths from, CVD, helping people everywhere to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives.

 

Healthy heart tips

Become more active

  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intense activity five times a week.
  • Remember even small things like taking the stairs or getting off the bus early can help

Stop smoking

  • It's the single best thing you can do to improve your heart health
  • If you need help try speaking to a health professional, such as a high street pharmacist

A more balanced diet 

  • Try to eat five portions (about a handful) of fruit and veg a day
  • Get your children involved in cooking to help them learn about healthy eating
  • Get your blood pressure checked regularly