Today we are marking World Heart Day!
- Globally over 17.3 million deaths are caused by cardiovascular disease
(CVD) each year. I am sure we all agree that this is truly staggering.
- Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer; most heart
disease deaths are caused by a heart attack.
- Coronary heart disease kills more than twice as many women as breast
Physical inactivity can contribute to heart disease as it can lead future health problems. World Heart Day highlights how we can take control of our heart health by getting more active. The World Health Organization recommends that children aged 5-17 years of age should aim for at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity a day.
Our top tips for good heart health:
- Be active with your children by walking or cycling to school together.
- Walking to school instead of getting in the car. Even doing the
housework is a great way to keep the heart pumping.
- Go to the park to run or visit the playground.
- Take the stairs rather than the lift.
- Get an activity app on your phone and monitor how many paces you
are walking or download an exercise you like doing.Put the radio on and dance around the living room. Why not we do it all the time – inside or outside, we’re doing mini workouts!
Fun heart facts
- Your heart is one of the most important organs in the human body.
- On average did you know your heart beats 100,000 times every day!
- Your heart has the mighty job of keeping blood flowing through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that feed your organs and tissues.
- Your heart sends 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body.
We want you all to look after yourselves! It’s never to late to start to make a change in your lifestyle.