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Everybody can be a Heart Hero!

 

 

Brussels, 26th September 2019: The International Sweeteners Association (ISA) proudly joins the World Heart Federation in supporting World Heart Day on 29th September and its related activities, as well as to raise awareness about the importance of acting now to live longer, better, heart-healthy lives.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s number one cause of death today. World Heart Day 2019 is about empowering every one of us to act for a healthy heart and to make a promise to ourselves to live a heart-healthier life. Everyone can be a Heart Hero. Everyone can make a promise, to ourselves, our friends, our family, our patients, our employees. A promise for our heart, for their heart, a promise to cook and eat more healthily, to do more exercise and to encourage our children to be more active; a promise to our loved ones to say no to smoking or to help them to stop.

On the occasion of World Heart Day 2019, the ISA would point to the small steps that can be taken towards eating well and getting more active, which can help achieve a heart-healthier life, such as:

  • Turn to fruit and vegetables aiming to eat 5 portions a day; variety helps meet your target!
  • Limit foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar; food labels can help you choose wisely!
  • Cut down on sugary treats and beverages; low calorie sweetened food and drink alternatives have less sugar and fewer calories and can therefore be a useful option if you want to keep enjoying the pleasure of sweet taste.
  • Reduce alcohol intake and keep it within recommended guidelines.
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity 5 times a week. Or more!
  • Remember: changes can be small and do not need to happen all at once, but the impact on your heart health can be huge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We invite you to read the full ISA press release by clicking here. Engage in the conversation on social media about World Heart Day 2019 by using #WorldHeartDay.