September 29th is the world’s heart day. According to the World’s Health Federation (WHF), cardiovascular diseases (CVD), which includes heart disease is the world’s number one killer. It causes 17.3 million deaths each year. Physical inactivity is among the risk factors of CVD that can be controlled and contributes to over 3 million preventable deaths per year.
The WHF proposes that with the help of physical activity the CDV deaths can be reduced by 25 per cent by 2025 and gives detailed guidelines for physical activity for adults, seniors, and children. EuropeActive is currently running four EU-funded projects supporting the EU Guidelines on Physical Activity.