celebrate world health day

This Sunday, April 7, 2013, marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization in 1948. Each year we celebrate World Health Day in its honor. A theme is selected each year that focuses on a significant concern regarding public health; this year is high blood pressure.

World Health Organization

World Health Organization

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is very dangerous if left uncontrolled. It can cause heart attacks, strokes, blindness and even kidney failure. On average, one in three adults has high blood pressure worldwide. As people increase in age, that rate rises — from one in 10 in the age range of 20 – 30, to five in 10 people aged 50 and above.

High blood pressure is very preventable and treatable. There are easy steps you can take to regulate your blood pressure on a daily basis, including:

  • Reducing your salt intake
  • Eating a well-balanced diet
  • Avoiding alcohol and tobacco
  • Exercising regularly
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight

Ultimately, World Health Day 2013 raises awareness of the causes and effects of high blood pressure, including the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Encourage your friends and family to get their blood pressure checked and to follow a healthy lifestyle to avoid any health complications.

If you would like to become more involved in the campaign, please visit the link below:

WHO | Campaign Essentials

Or you can contact your local regional contact:

WHO | Regional Office Contacts

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