Sunlighten is celebrating World Heart Day, September 29, 2014, and we applaud the work of the World Heart Federation and the American Heart Association to help others create heart-healthy environments. By ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play, World Heart Day encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk.
In the U.S., many of us picture older men when thinking about cardiovascular disease. However, it can affect people of all ages and population groups, including women and children.
Cardiovascular disease – which includes heart disease and stroke – currently causes 17.3 million deaths every year, a figure expected to rise to 23 million by the year 2030.
The majority of cardiovascular disease is caused by risk factors that can be controlled, treated or modified. The three steps toward heart-healthy wellness recommended by the World Heart Federation are (1) healthy eating, (2) physical activity and (3) no tobacco use.
Each year, physical inactivity contributes to over three million preventable deaths. Unhealthy diets are linked to four of the world’s top ten leading risk factors causing death: high blood pressure, high blood glucose, carrying excessive weight and obesity, and high cholesterol. And every day, 15,000 people die from the effects of tobacco, with second-hand smoke causing more than 600,000 non-smoker deaths every year — including children.
As a longtime supporter of heart health, Sunlighten donates a portion of our sales each February to the American Heart Association, we participate in a number of local AHA fundraisers in Kansas City each year, and our owners Aaron and Connie Zack have served on the board of directors for our local AHA chapter.