This year the theme for World Heart Day is cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention among women and children. To highlight the importance of a healthy heart, ICN invites you to visit our Grow Your Wellness website which provides a variety of educational, assessment, intervention and advocacy materials to support health professionals engaging in prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - namely diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, some cancers and chronic respiratory diseases.
Cardiovascular disease is one of several non-communicable diseases which are the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 63% of deaths annually, 25% of these premature. But NCDs are largely preventable, by means of effective interventions that tackle the main risk factors: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol. Addressing the NCD crisis requires a focus on wellness and disease prevention. Grow Your Wellness resources focus on effective interventions to share knowledge and support people in making behavioral changes that address these risk factors and lead to healthier lifestyles and improved health.
- Educate individuals on how to improve their health through positive behaviour and lifestyle changes.
- Empower individuals to work with their health professionals to establish personal health goals and to track their progress over time.
The Health Improvement Action plan enables individuals and their health professionals to establish mutually agreed goals so as to improve both lifestyle/ behavioural and metabolic/biometric risk factors over time.
Relevant ICN Publications
Lowering Cholesterol through Nurse Case Management
ICN on Obesity: Creating Public Awareness of a Social Environmental Disease
Women and Stroke
Maternal and Infant Nutrition
IND 2010 Delivering quality; serving communities: Nurses leading chronic care
To celebrate World Heart Day, why not buy a White Heart badge in support of the GCEF. The white heart is the universal symbol for nursing. It is meant to characterize the caring, knowledge and humanity that infuse the work and spirit of nursing. The white heart is also a unifying symbol for nurses globally. The White Heart badge can be purchased online at the ICN eshop. All proceeds from the sales of the White Heart badge will go to the ICN's Florence Nightingale International Foundation in support of the Girl Child Education Fund.
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