World Health Day is celebrated across the globe on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure.
It’s a great excuse to start conversations with some of your adult clients – and maybe even work through the youth to get to their parents. The World Health Organization has created and compiled a great collection of materials to help spread the word on high blood pressure.
Message One – Get tested!
Detecting high blood pressure is the first step in preventing and controlling it. On this year’s World Health Day, WHO is calling on all adults around the world to get their blood pressure measured. When people know their blood pressure level, they can take steps to control it.
Message Two – Prevention!
People can cut the risks of high blood pressure by:
- consuming less salt
- eating a balanced diet
- engaging in regular physical activity
- avoiding tobacco use
- avoiding harmful use of alcohol.