September 28, 2011 is worldwide World Heart Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization and the World Heart Federation. According to WHO, “cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.1 million lives a year. Risk factors include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.”
Throughout the world, there will be a variety of awareness events taking place that will include health checks, organized walks, public talks, forums, exhibitions, fitness sessions and more. Do your part today by getting the family in the pool to swim a few laps or invite a friend over for a fun afternoon of aquatic exercise to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and how a little exercise can go a long way. Talk openly with each other about what you are individually doing to combat the disease, such as a healthy diet, more exercise, frequent health checks and so on.