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World Heart Day observed nationally on September 29, 2013, this year is a reminder for everyone to take the heart healthy path.  John Foster, MD aka Dr. John says the key to a healthy heart and to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke [CVD] is to stay active, eat well, and give up cigarette use. Although the message is simple, it is not that easy to walk the path. In fact, CVD is a global issue. CVD is responsible for over two-thirds of the deaths around the world each year. Dr. John of Sunset Walk-In Healthcare participates in marking World Heart Day by sending this message to highlight the importance of a life-course approach encouraging healthy choices aimed at reducing the incidence in CVD.

You and your family can take the heart healthy path by following a few tips:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, and limit the amount of processed and fatty foods that you eat.
  • Be active. Add a little more activity to each day to kick start the plan.  Park further away from the grocery store, walk to your child's bus stop with them, or take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Have a comprehensive health screening, and know your heart health numbers. Those heart health numbers include blood pressure, body mass index [BMI], weight, glucose levels, and cholesterol levels.

While CVD affects men and women around the world the focus of World Heart Day 2013 is on CVD prevention among women and children. While there has been a greater effort on educating the public about CVD risks in women, the seriousness of the issue is still largely underestimated. Today, heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths. Continued campaigns such as World Heart Day emphasize the need for a life-course approach and prevention to effectively reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke.

Taking action to prevent and reduce risk factors such as lack of physical activity, an unhealthy diet and tobacco smoke among women improves not only their own but their children’s health as well. It’s a family affair and their parent’s lead the way.

Get the heart health life-course! Schedule your family’s health and wellness check-ups annually, know your numbers and chart a heart healthy course for the entire family. For more information about World Heart Day visit

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