World Health Day 2013

 
7 April 2013
 
The theme for World Health Day in 2013 is high blood pressure, also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension. It increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure and if left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregular heartbeat and heart failure. 

The theme for World Health Day in 2013 is high blood pressure, also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension. It increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure and if left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness, irregular heartbeat and heart failure.

High blood pressure is preventable, and can be countered by reducing salt intake, eating a balanced diet, avoiding the harmful use of alcohol, taking regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding tobacco use.
 
On 7 April 2013, World Health Day, activities and campaigns throughout the world focus on the causes and consequences of high blood pressure.
 
 
Relevant documents:

High blood pressure - country experiences and effective interventions utilized across the European Region

This background paper outlines the factors associated with blood pressure, details the relationship between risk factors and blood pressure, depicts the situation in the European Region, and highlights what certain countries of the European Region have done to successfully and effectively address these issues.

Mapping salt reduction initiatives in the WHO European Region

In order to reduce the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases, WHO recommends reducing salt intake in the general population as a cost-effective strategy. The purpose of this report is to present an up-to-date view of current salt reduction initiatives in WHO European Member States by highlighting activities related to the action points of the relevant global frameworks.
 

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