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Friday, September 30, 2016

World elders day 2016 date is October 1.

World elders day 2016 date is October 1.
There are many cases we have heard nearby that, that couple has sent their parents in old age centres. This is because there arises a vast generation gap between two groups which are increasing day by day. Young generation think by providing food ,clothes and shelter their duty is completed towards them, but important thing is they want our attention, care and time, which becomes difficult for younger’s  to give. There arises a tremendous impatience in younger class that they don’t pay any heed of their parents. They compel their parents to leave their homes and settle somewhere else. In this way we, the younger generation, no doubt are committing a crime.


We all are very familiar with the fact that one day we will also grow old and come in this group. Even then there are many families in this world who forced their parents to leave their own place and live an isolated life. There are many reasons between them like showing disrespect, impatience, ill treatment in front of family members and society, showing them inferior by doing ardent behaviour, which result in severe results against our elders.



When their children misbehave with them they are badly shattered and therefore they come into depression and result in stress.

Psychological and emotional disorders:

Our elders expect lots of exception from their children and when their emotion gets hurt they suffer from physical ailment.


Therefore, World Elder Day is dedicated to make our elders happy and calm. Many organisation are working for elders to provide them safe and better life also there are many day boarding’s centres opened for them where they can spend their quality time with others members. The Government should also pay attention towards this group by providing proper security measures and securing their life financially. But still there are many places where this day is celebrated in old aged homes or centres. The only way we can keep our elders happy by satisfying their physical and emotional needs. They want a little attention and time to show themselves that they are also the part of the family. This is the only thing they want from us. 
In the last, one should know well that everyone has to face ageing, what we do with our elders same can be repeated by our children. They observe the atmosphere in the house and when they grow up they do the same. So, we all should try to bring the change in our attitude towards elders as they have more knowledge and experience, give more care and attention and also helps to form the strong base of the family.


Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. 
- World Elders Day Quotes by James A. Baldwin
For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders. 
- World Elders Day Quotes by Margaret Mead
Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death. 
- World Elders Day Quotes by Erik H. Erikson
Ruling elders are declared to be the representatives of the people. 
- World Elders Day Quotes by Charles Hodge

Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders. 


We Wish you happy Navratri and Dussehra may Maa Durga bless all

We Wish you happy Navratri and  Dussehra may  Maa Durga bless all 
Wishing You & Your Family a Very Happy Navratri...
It is believed that Goddess Durga on her 10 day journey around the earth removes all evil.......

May Goddess Durga destroy all evil around you and fill your life with happiness and prosperity.
May this Navratri… Bring You Joy and Happiness... To last through out the year! 

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What is Navratri?

Navaratri or Navaratra is a Hindu festival of worship and dance. The word Navaratri literally means nine nights in Sanskrit
Nav = nine and Ratri = nights. It is celebrated during the period of Sarad Masi Aswin by Hindu lunar calendar, all eight days and nine nights have its importance and is divided into sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess or goddesses. 

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1st – 3rd day

These days are dedicated to Durga Maa; the Goddess of power and energy.
On the first three days, the goddess is invoked as a powerful spiritual force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects.

4th – 6th day

During this period people worship Lakshmi Maa, the Goddess of peace and prosperity. During the next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth. 
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7th – 8th day
Saraswati Maa is worship during this period, to acquire the spiritual knowledge

9th day

On this day Kanya puja is performed, nine young girls representing the nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped.T he final set of three days is spent in worshipping the daughter of Brahma as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order to have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine femininity, hence, the worship for nine nights.
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To celebrate a good harvest and to propitiate the nine planets, women also plant nine different kinds of food grain seeds in small containers during these nine days and then offer the young saplings to the goddess.
During Navratri, some devotees of Durga observe a fast and prayers are offered for the protection of health and property. A period of introspection and purification, Navratri is traditionally an auspicious time for starting new ventures

Navratri: The Divine Nights
Nine Goddess


Literal meaning – ‘nine nights’, this nine-day period from the new moon day to the ninth day of Ashvin is considered the most auspicious time of the Hindu Calendar and is hence the most celebrated time of the year. Although it has different names in different parts of India, it is celebrated by Hindus from all regions. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm as the conquest of good over evil. Every region has its own myths and reasons to explain this.

Nava DurgaThe nine different aspects of Devi are worshipped over the nine days. These are the most popular forms under which she is worshipped: 

  1. Durga :goddess beyond reach;
  2. Bhadrakali the auspicious power of time;
  3. Amba or Jagdamba: mother of the world;
  4. Annapurna: giver of food and plenty;
  5. Sarvamangala: auspicious goddess;
  6. Bhairavi: terrible, fearful, power of death;
  7. Chandika or Chandi: violent, wrathful, furious;
  8. Lalita: playful; and
  9. Bhavani: giver of existence.

The festivities culminate on the tenth day, called variously VijayadashmiDushehra when people in most parts of the country burn effigies of Ravana, Meghanatha and Kumbhakarna.
Some people fast on all nine days, eating only fruit and milk dishes. Some fast only on the eighth or ninth day. As the festival is dear to the mother goddess, on the eighth or ninth day many people invite over nine young girls from the neighborhood. These girls are treated as the goddess herself. People ceremonially wash their feet, worship them and then offer food to the "girl-goddesses" .

On the first day of the Navaratras, grains of barley are planted in the puja room of the house. A small bed of mud is prepared in which barley seeds are sown after a small puja has been performed. Every day some water is sprinkled on it. On the tenth day, the shoots are about 3 - 5 inches in length. After the puja, these seedlings are pulled out and given to devotees as a blessing from god. The seedlings are placed on their caps, behind their ears, and inside books to bring good luck. This custom suggests a link to harvesting. The sowing and reaping of barley is symbolic of the "first fruit". Soon after this festival, the sugarcane crop is harvested and the winter crops are sown.
The Legend
This festival commemorates the victory of Goddess Durga over a demon, Mahishasur.Endowed with power by the blessing of Lord Shiva, the demon started destroying innocent people. The gods then invoked Goddess Durga and asked for her help. The goddess, astride a lion, fought with the demon and cut off his head.
According to one hypothesis, in ancient times, this was a festival intended for the Kshatriyas. After the four-month long monsoon when military activity was not possible, this was considered a good time to start afresh on one's conquests. For nine days before starting on the war journey, kings prayed to the nine different aspects of Devi or Adishakti. They also prayed for their arms and ammunition. The tenth day was when the journey for the conquest began.
The origin of this custom can also be traced to the Ramayana. According to it, Rama had to pray to the nine different aspects of Devi to be able to kill Ravana. He then accumulated enough power to kill Ravana on the tenth day, which was called Vijayadashmi or Victory Day. Since then, the tradition of praying to Devi for nine days has continued and was especially pronounced amongst the Kshatriyas who believed that by doing so, they too would be able to defeat the most powerful enemy.
Today, it is celebrated more for its mythological significance and reaffirms the Hindu faith in the triumph of good. Even today, the nine different forms of the goddess are worshipped. Though several communities of Hindus are staunch vegetarians, Navaratri is one exception. On the eighth day, many communities, especially Gurkha and other hill tribes who are believers in the Devi cult sacrifice an animal. This blood sacrifice is a form of thanksgiving to the goddess for a wish that has been granted. People often sacrifice a buffalo symbolic of the killing of Mahishasura by Durga
In Bengal, this period is celebrated as Durga Puja. . Groups and residents’ associations in towns and cities erect beautiful marquees, where they install the idol of the Mother Goddess. In Calcutta, as also other places, there are competitions held and the most beautiful and creatively done marquee gets a prize. For all the nine days, the marquee becomes the center of all activity where cultural events and competitions are organized every day.
In Gujarat, this is the time for the joyous Garba and Dandia dances and people pour out at night to participate in this community festival. Women and girls in all their fineries dance around the garb a pot, clapping their hands in rhythmic movement. The pot is decorated with flowers, betel leaves, and has its mouth covered with a coconut.

In Tamil Nadu, the first three days of the festival are dedicated to Lakshmi, the next three to Durga and the last three to Sarasvati. The nine-day celebration is compartmentalized in certain parts of the country, dedicating three days each to a trinity of goddesses: to Durga the goddess of valor, to Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and to Saraswati the goddess of knowledge.
The one thing that remains constant in most parts of the country is that daytime is exclusively for prayers, fasting, and solemnity while the nights are spent in joy and revelry. Men, women, and children, who have fasted during the day, have a light repast of fruit or other non-cereals at night before going out to enjoy the festive season.
In Punjab, people organize Jagrans to sing devotional songs all night in praise of the Mother Goddess. Solemnity and piety mark these nine days as even those Punjabis who do not keep a fast, stop eating non-vegetarian and impure food items like onion and garlic.

Another part of the Navratri celebrations is the Ramlila. In places like Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, almost every locality has its own group of actors re-enacting episodes from the life of Lord Rama. This is probably because, the day after Navratri, i.e. on the tenth day of Ashvin called the Vijaya Dashami, it is said that Lord Rama killed Ravana and other demons to rid the earth of evil.
The tempo of life changes perceptibly in every family, in markets, in Mata’s temples, long before the festival commences. In homes, the corner or room reserved for puja becomes the scene of intense preparation. A coconut, saffron or sandalwood paste, a garba (perforatedearthen pot), a kumbh (earthen pot), grains of wheat or barley, ghee (clarified butter) or mustard oil for a lamp that will burn incessantly all through the nine special nights, are placed in readiness for the ceremonial ritualistic initiation of the festival.
Housewives draw designs and emblems with rice flour, turmeric powder-and vermilion. Each of the motifs symbolizes abundance and represents hope for the future.
The eagerly awaited first day of the festival witnesses a flurry of ritualistic activity. On a small platform of fresh earth in front of the idol of the Mother Goddess, all the things collected for the puja are placed and the lamp is lit. As evening falls, people gather around the sacred flame that is constantly fed with ghee or oil, and soon, mellow voices singing bhajans can be heard from home after home.
On Lalita Panchami (the fifth day), children gather all the books in the house before a sacred lamp and invoke the blessings of Saraswati. It is also the occasion for all artisans to lay down their tools before the goddess and seek her benediction upon their trade.

On the eighth and ninth days of the festival, yagnas are performed as a final act of farewell that marks the termination of the ceremonies. Ghee or clarified butter, a sweet concoction of rice cooked in condensed milk (paayas or kheer) and sesame seeds are traditional items used in the yagna to the chanting of mantras conveying the theme–"This is my offering to God".
On the tenth day or Vijaya Dasami, more popularly known as Dussehra, enormous effigies of Ravana stuffed with firecrackers are torched with flaming arrows to the delight of throngs of revelers.
People read "The Devi Mahatmyam" (Glory of Divine Mother) having 700 Mantras on Shri Durga Mata.

Things you need to know about
"Nava-ratri" literally means "nine nights." This festival is observed twice a year, once in the beginning of summer and again at the onset of winter.
What's the Significance of Navratri?

During Navaratri, we invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as "Durga," which literally means the remover of miseries of life. She is also referred to as "Devi" (goddess) or "Shakti" (energy or power). It is this energy, which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction. In other words, you can say that God is motionless, absolutely changeless, and the Divine MotherDurga, does everything. Truly speaking, our worship of Shakti re-confirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable. It cannot be created or destroyed. It is always there.
Why Worship the Mother Goddess?

We think this energy is only a form of the Divine Mother, who is the mother of all, and all of us are her children. "Why mother; why not father?", you may ask. Let me just say that we believe that God's glory, his cosmic energy, his greatness and supremacy can best be depicted as the motherhood aspect of God. Just as a child finds all these qualities in his or her mother, similarly, all of us look upon God as mother. In fact, Hinduism is the only religion in the world, which gives so much importance to the mother aspect of God because we believe that mother is the creative aspect of the absolute.
Why Twice a Year?

Every year the beginning of summer and the beginning of winter are two very important junctures of climatic change and solar influence. These two junctions have been chosen as the sacred opportunities for the worship of the divine power because:
(1) We believe that it is the divine power that provides energy for the earth to move around the sun, causing the changes in the outer nature and that this divine power must be thanked for maintaining the correct balance of the universe.
(2) Due to the changes in the nature, the bodies and minds of people undergo a considerable change, and hence, we worship the divine power to bestow upon all of us enough potent powers to maintain our physical and mental balance.
Why Nine Nights & Days?

Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess. On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects. The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi,who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth. The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights.
Why Do You Need the Power?

Thus, I suggest you join your parents in worshipping "Ma Durga" during the Navaratri. She will bestow on you wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge, and other potent powers to cross every hurdle of life. Remember, everyone in this world worships power, i.e., Durga, because there is no one who does not love and long for power in some form or the other. 

Karmaniye wadhikaraste

World Heart Day 29th Sep, =HEALTH=

World Heart Day  29th Sep, =HEALTH=

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World Heart Day is celebrated annually on the last Sunday of September, and encourages healthy heart awareness. It is being celebrated on 29th September this year, with the theme 'Team Up for Healthy Hearts'. It works on the idea that getting together and teaming up can be great way for promoting heart health. As individuals, all of us strive to maintain our health and wellness. But only few know that by teaming up and working together, this can happen better and also a great deal faster. This year's campaign underlines the role of families and communities in helping individuals reduce the risk of heart attack and ensure a sound heart health. This can happen at a variety of levels: be it your family, school, workplace or even your neighbourhood. So, instead of doing it alone, team up to eat right and exercise. 
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How to team up for a healthy heart?

A healthy heart is vital for healthy living, regardless of one's age or gender. One can prevent major cardiovascular risks, like heart attacks and strokes by choosing a healthy diet, being physically active and not smoking. This year's campaign focuses on the need to team up and work together for a healthy heart. If there is no such existing group, try to identify others around you who also have an interest in cardiovascular health and disease prevention and start your own!
Mantra for a healthy heart:


Physical inactivity is a significant contributor to the ageing of heart, as it can lead to excess weight gain and obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Regular exercise helps in: 
  • Slow down the narrowing of arteries to the heart and brain
  • Encourage the body to use up excess stored fat, so it is crucial in helping weight loss and fighting obesity
  • Improve cholesterol levels by increasing the level of good cholesterol (HDL or high density lipoprotein cholesterol) in the blood
  • Maintain normal blood glucose levels in order to manage diabetes
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Smokers to quit - smokers who exercise are twice as successful in their attempts to stop smoking
Being active also improves the overall health, gives more energy, reduces stress, builds stronger bones and muscles, and improves balance, strength and mobility.

Eat right:

To help maintain a young heart for life, calories consumed must be balanced with calories burned. It is therefore recommended to combine exercise with a balanced diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, lean meat, fish and pulses, as well as low-fat and fat-free products, unsaturated soft margarines and oils such as sunflower, corn, rape-seed and olive oil.

No smoking:

Smoking, or any use of tobacco, is another important risk factor of heart disease. Quitting using tobacco lowers blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein "LDL" cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels, reduces blood clotting and the chance of a sudden blockage of an artery. Setting a good example by not using tobacco gives a clear, consistent message about the dangers of tobacco to children.

'Go Red' for Women

In 2005, roughly half of the 17.5 million victims of heart disease and stroke - the world's biggest killer - were women. This year there is a special Go Red for Women international campaign, which aims to reduce cardiovascular disease in women through improved prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. The number of deaths and disability from heart disease and stroke in women can be reduced by: saying no to tobacco, eating healthy and doing more exercise.

Women and children

It is a myth that heart disease and stroke only affect older, male, rich populations. CVDs affect as many women as men however their risk is seriously underestimated.
To mark World Heart Day 2015, the World Heart Federation and its members urge you to take action to save the lives of the women and children you love.
Our new infographic reveals the global CVD burden and highlights actions that can be taken to protect the heart health of women and children.
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In fact, heart disease is actually the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 female deaths: shockingly, that’s about one death per minute! It is vital that women learn the truth about their cardiovascular disease risk and take action to protect themselves and their family!
Children are vulnerable too: the risk for cardiovascular disease can begin before birth during foetal development, and increase further during childhood with exposure to unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and smoking.
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Children might suffer a double burden from heart disease and stroke. They may have to face the emotional consequences of seeing a loved one becoming ill, but they are also at risk of the physical consequences of heart disease and stroke.

Modern society can expose children to risk factors such as diets with too few calories, diets high in “bad” fats and sugar; activities such as computer games that discourage physical activity; and in some countries, tobacco advertising that encourages tobacco use or environments filled with secondhand tobacco smoke.
This year we have developed a leaflet specifically targeting children aged approximately 7–10 years old, to educate them about heart-healthy behaviour. 

Workplace Wellness

Your work and workplace environment has a significant impact on our physical, mental and social health. It has been seen that a number of chronic diseases impact people in their "working" years, reducing productivity and increasing costs. An unhealthy work environment is characterised by stress, depression, chronic back problems, unhealthy eating habits due to lack of time and decreased opportunity for physical activity. A healthy work environment works to:
  • improve employee health

  • reduce employee stress

  • reduce workforce turnover

  • improve employee decision-making ability

  • reduce organisational conflict

  • reduce absenteeism

Heart Facts

  • Forty per cent patients with heart attacks in India are less than 40 years of age.

  • Regular exercise for at least 30 minutes every day, consuming 5 to 6 servings of fruits and green vegetables protect against heart attacks.

  • Smoking more than 20 cigarettes per day increase the risk of heart attack by 5 times, 10 to 19 cigarettes increases the risk by 3 times.

  • If you are a diabetic your chance of having a heart attack in the next 7 years is 10 times more than a non-diabetic, everything else remaining the same.

  • The first few hours after sustaining a heart attack are crucial for recognition and treatment. Treating a heart attack within first 2 to 3 hours can reduce the chances of dying from 15 per cent to 3 per cent.

  • The normal blood pressure at all ages is less than 120/80 mm Hg. Every 20 mm increase in systolic and 10 mm diastolic pressure beyond this level doubles the risk of a heart attack and stroke.

Chest Pain Causes

Heart Attack Causes
A heart attack is caused by coronary heart disease, or coronary artery disease. Heart disease may be caused by cholesterol buildup in the coronary arteries (atherosclerosis), blood clots, or spasm of the vessels that supply blood to the heart.
Risk factors for a heart attack are:

  • diabetes

  • smoking

  • high cholesterol

  • family history of heart attacks at ages younger than 60 years, one or more previous heart attacks, male gender

  • Postmenopausal women are at higher risk than premenopausal women. This is thought to be due to loss of the protective effects of the hormone estrogen atmenopause. It was previously treated by hormone supplements (hormone replacement therapy, or HRT). However, research findings have changed our thinking on HRT; long-term HRT is no longer recommended for most women.

  • Use of cocaine and similar stimulants.
Angina Causes
  • Angina may be caused by spasm, narrowing, or partial blockage of an artery that supplies blood to the heart.

  • The most common cause is coronary heart disease, in which a blood clot or buildup of fatty material inside the blood vessel (atherosclerosis) reduces blood flow but does not completely block the blood vessel.

  • Angina can be triggered by exercise or physical exertion, by emotional stress, or by certain heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) that cause the heart to beat very fast.
Aortic Dissection Causes
  • Aortic dissection may be caused by conditions that damage the innermost lining of the aorta.

    • These include uncontrolled high blood pressure, connective-tissue diseases, cocaine use, advanced age, pregnancycongenital heart disease, and cardiac catheterization (a medical procedure).

  • Men are at higher risk than women..

  • A similar condition is aortic aneurysm. This is an enlargement of the aorta that canrupture, causing pain and bleeding. Aneurysms can occur in the aorta in the chest or the abdomen.
Pulmonary Embolism Causes
Pulmonary embolism risk factors include:
  • sedentary lifestyle, 

  • obesity, 

  • prolonged immobility, 

  • fracture of a long bone of the legs, 

  • pregnancy, 

  • cancer, 

  • history or family history of blood clots, 

  • irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias), 

  • heart attack, or 

  • congestive heart failure.
Women who use birth control pills and smoke cigarettes are at higher risk than women who have only one or neither of these risk factors (especially over the age of 35).
Spontaneous Pneumothorax Causes
Spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) occurs when the pressure balance between the sac that contains the lung and the outside atmosphere is disrupted.
  • Injury to the chest that pierces through to the lung sac is the most common cause of this condition.

  • This can be caused by trauma, as in a car wreck, bad fall, gunshot wound or stabbing, or in surgery.

  • Some very thin and tall people may suffer a spontaneous pneumothorax due to stretched lung tissues and abnormal air sacs in the upper portions of their lungs. It is possible for these abnormal air sacs to rupture with even a sneeze or excessive coughing.

  • Other risk factors for pneumothorax include AIDS-related pneumonia, emphysema, severe asthmacystic fibrosis, cancer, and marijuana and crack cocaine use
Perforated Viscus Causes
Perforated viscus may be caused by direct or indirect injury. Irritation to the diaphragm in this case comes from below the chest. The diaphragm is the muscle that allows us to breathe. It is located up under the ribs and separates the chest and abdominal cavity. Any irritation to the diaphragm, even from below it, can cause pain to be felt in the chest.
Risk factors not related to trauma are:
Pericarditis Causes
Pericarditis can be caused by viral infection, bacterial infection, cancer, connective-tissue diseases, certain medications, radiation treatment, and chronic renal failure..
  • One life-threatening complication of pericarditis is cardiac tamponade.

    • Cardiac tamponade is an accumulation of fluid around the heart. This prevents the heart from effectively pumping blood to the body.

    • Symptoms of cardiac tamponade include sudden onset of shortness of breath, fainting, and chest pain.
Pneumonia Causes
Pneumonia may be caused by viral, bacterial, or fungal infections of the lungs.
Esophagus Related Causes
Chest pain originating from the esophagus may have several causes.
  • Acid reflux (GERD) may be caused by any factors that decrease the pressure on the lower part of the esophagus, decreased movement of the esophagus, or prolonged emptying of the stomach. This condition may be brought on by:
  • Esophagitis may be caused by yeast, fungi, viruses, bacteria, or irritation from medications.

  • Esophageal spasm is caused by excessive, intensified, or uncoordinated contractions of the smooth muscle of the esophagus. Spasm may be triggered by emotional upset or swallowing very hot or cold liquids.

World Heart Day 2011 - One World, One Home, One Heart
September 29, 2015 marks the 15year anniversary of celebrating World Heart Day, an international campaign created in 2000 by the World Heart Federation, a non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, to increase public awareness about the threat of heart disease and stroke.
The theme of World Heart Day 2015is “One World, One Home, One Heart.” As part of this theme, the World Heart Federation, the World Health Organization, and the American Heart Association are calling on individuals to take steps to reduce their own and their family’s risk of heart disease and stroke, such as eating a healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and not smoking.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease causes 29 per cent of all deaths globally each year, making it the world’s number one killer.
According to the World Health Organization, “Cardiovascular diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.3 million lives a year. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke include raised blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, smoking, inadequate intake of fruit and vegetables, overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.”
What Can You Do to Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke?
As reported by the CDC, the World Heart Federation has identified four actions that you and your family can take to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke:
“1. Ban smoking from your home.
* Stop smoking tobacco in the home to improve your own and your children’s heart health.
* Implement a new rule in your home: for every cigarette someone smokes, an extra household chore is waiting!
2. Stock your home with healthy food options.
* Start the day with a piece of fruit or prepare your own lunch at home to ensure healthy options are taken to work or school.
* Make sure every evening meal contains at least two to three servings of vegetables per person.
3. Be active.
* Families should limit the amount of time spent in front of the TV to less than two hours per day.
* Organize outdoor activities for the family, such as cycling or hiking trips, or simply playing in the garden.
* When possible, instead of using the car, take your bicycle or walk from home to your destination.
4. Know your numbers.
* Visit a healthcare professional who can measure your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, together with waist-to-hip ratio and body mass index (BMI).
* Once you know your overall CVD risk, you can develop a specific plan of action to improve your heart health. Make this action plan clearly visible in your home as a reminder!”
Here is additional information provided by the CDC on steps you can take to live a healthy lifestyle that may prevent or lower your risks of heart attack or stroke:
“Engaging in healthy behaviors helps to control certain risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and prevent heart disease and stroke,” the CDC states.
What to Do if a Family Member is Suffering a Heart Attack or Stroke?
Not all heart events are preventable.  It is therefore important to know what action to take should a heart attack or stroke occur in the home.
The CDC presents the following tips and links to additional information on what to do if you suspect a family member of having a heart attack or stroke:

Seek medical help immediately

“Over 70 per cent of all cardiac and breathing emergencies occur in the home when a family member is present and available to help a victim.” It is important to know the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and call 911 immediately. Seconds can save a life.

Learn More

Activities for World Heart Day
Activities organized by members and partners of the World Heart Federation include workplace campaigns, public talks, concerts, and sporting events.
The national member organizations in the United States are the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association (AHA), encourages people to honor World Heart Day by joining in one of many Heart Walks taking place throughout the U.S. The AHA provides an interactive map on its website, to help you find and join a Heart Walk in your area.
More Information
For additional information on World Heart Day, contact the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at
CDC funds heart disease and stroke prevention programs in 41 states and the District of Columbia.Read additional information about these programs.
See also,
And see, the HelpingYouCare™ resource pages on Heart Disease & Stroke, including

Follow the mentioned tips to lead a healthy and a happy life.



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