World Heart Day

World Heart Day

World Heart Day was created to inform people around the globe, that heart diseases and strokes are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.2 million lives each year.

Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided, if the main risk factors-tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.

Therefore, for already for 6 years, starting from year 2005, the following activities are organized in Riga, by Latvian Society of Cardiology:

  • Press activities
  • Concerts/dancing events
  • Public education (distributing leaflets, talks, counselling, etc)
  • Newsletters
  • Awareness survey

Total number of activity participants: 4000
Total number of leaflets, Heart Health newspapers and posters printed: 8000

4 good reasons to work with heart

When it comes to thinking about the things, that we do, that affect our health – like what we eat, how physically active we are, and whether we consume tobacco – it makes sense to think about the way that our workplaces affect our behaviour.

1. Save lives. Almost half of those who die from chronic diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are in the productive period of their lives – between 15 and 69 years old. Yet many of the causes of these diseases – tobacco, unhealthy diet, or not being physically active – are factors we can control.

2. Increase personal well-being. Employees engaged in physical activity have greater enjoyment of their work, increased
concentration and mental alertness, and better rapport with colleagues. Activity stimulates endorphins, nature’s natural mood
boosters, giving you plenty of enthusiasm for your leisure when you’ve finished work. Staying active while you cope with life’s ups
and downs relaxes the mind and body, and helps to reduce the build-up of tension.

3. Enjoy social benefits. Activities in groups, with colleagues, clubs or leisure centres, are great for meeting people outside your usual team and expanding your network of friends. Feeling healthy and developing new skills builds confidence and can help you feel more in control of your life.

4. Economic payback. A healthy workforce can contribute to the health of a business in many ways – even in times of economic

Benefits include:
- increased productivity
- reduced absenteeism rates – up to 20% fewer days lost
- lower medical costs (for both employers and employees)
- fewer workplace injuries
- a positive corporate image
- improved morale and loyalty
- enhanced staff retention.

Promoting physical activity and healthy eating, and discouraging smoking and other forms of tobacco use in and around the workplace can be simple and inexpensive.