Football Supports World Heart Day 2014


Football Supports World Heart Day 2014

World Heart Day, 29th September 2014 – Developing Heart Healthy Environments

World Heart Day is organised by UEFA’s social responsibility partner for health, World Heart Federation (WHF). In 2014 World Heart Federation is working with European Healthy Stadia Network and the football family in Europe to support World Heart Day by raising awareness of heart health and health promoting environments, including support from many national football associations and clubs in Eastern Europe, including: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Russia, and Slovenia.

For World Heart Day 2014 Healthy Stadia has developed a bespoke toolkit for sports clubs and stadia on how to develop simple health promoting policies, actions and communications outputs in support of World Heart Day. The ideas and guidance in the toolkit are very simple to implement, and are backed up with templates, examples and further information from experts in the field. To access the toolkit please see the download link below.

World Heart Day Theme For 2014 – Creating Heart Healthy Environments

CVD is the world’s number one killer. It’s already responsible for 17.3 million deaths per year, and by 2030 this is expected to rise to 23 million. Too often society ‘blames’ the individual for having CVD – you smoke, you eat and drink too much, or you don’t exercise! But the environments where people live, work and play can have a huge effect on our ability to make the right choices for our heart health, especially in increasingly urban environments. A heart-healthy environment is a space where people have the opportunity to make the right choices for their health.

Awareness of CVD risk factors such as physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, overweight/obesity and tobacco use is the first stage towards preventing the risk of heart disease and stroke. On World Heart Day, Healthy Stadia and World Heart Federation is calling on men, women and children of all age groups to increase their physical activity in order to protect their heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke.

Regular moderate exercise – such as walking, cycling, or participating in regular sport – has many health benefits for the heart. To find out more about this year’s World Heart Day and to get involved, please visit:
WHD 2014 Toolkit


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