World Health Day 2013: Control Your Blood Pressure

Today is World Health Day!

Every year, on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day as a way to bring awareness to health issues that deserve recognition across the globe.

This year, the topic is “Control Your Blood Pressure”. As the WHO states,

“This World Health Day, 7 April 2013, WHO and partners focus on the global problem of high blood pressure. Though it affects more than one in three adults worldwide, it remains largely hidden. Many people do not know they have high blood pressure because it does not always cause symptoms. As a result, it leads to more than nine million deaths every year, including about half of all deaths due to heart disease and stroke.”

To learn more about the role that high blood pressure plays in health, visit the WHO’s website to read about its public health context and the key messages that are central to this campaign, such as “high blood pressure is both preventable and treatable.”

Previous topics include Ageing and Health: Good Health Adds Life To Years (2012), Antimicrobial Resistance: No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow (2011), and Urbanization and Health (2010). You can see the full list of previous World Health Days here.

Get Involved in World Health Day

The WHO suggests a proactive approach to celebrating World Health Day on their website:

  • “Visit your doctor or local clinic to have your blood pressure measured.
  • “Follow the advice of your doctor or health professional.
  • “If necessary, take immediate steps to lower your risk of developing high blood pressure.
  • “Talk to close family and friends to help make them aware of how important it is to know and control your blood pressure.”

Will you be doing anything to commemorate World Health Day? Let us know by leaving a comment to this blog post!