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The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Supports Local World Heart Day Events

By Stefany Strong

September 21, 2015

Support Local World Heart Day Events

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is supporting events for World Heart Day. World Heart Day raises awareness to the fact that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death. Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. about once every 43 seconds.

By ensuring everyone has the chance to make healthy heart choices wherever they live, work and play, World Heart Day encourages people to reduce cardiovascular risk, and promotes a heart-healthy planet. The theme for 2015 is creating heart healthy environments and the Department of Health in Volusia County is working to ensure all residents have the tools necessary to be heart healthy.

On World Heart Day which is Tuesday, September 29, the public, community partners and health department employees are invited for an educational program with speakers presenting on Heart Healthy Living, the importance of taking medications and proper disposal of medications, reducing the risk of stroke and healthy food choices. Hands-OnlyTM CPR training and a demonstration on a new program called Get Fit While You Sit will also be provided.

What: World Heart Day Program
When: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, Conference Room 516 C
1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach, FL 32117

DOH-Volusia is also co-sponsoring Taylor Middle High School’s 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, September 26 in Pierson. DOH-Volusia’s Tobacco Prevention Program will have a table display at the event and employees are scheduled to participate in the race. For more information, please visit http://www.finalmileracemanagement.com/race-events/wildcat-5k/

World Heart Day is celebrated in collaboration with Healthiest Weight Florida and Tobacco Free Florida. When posting on social media, please use the hashtag #FLHearts

About Healthiest Weight Florida

 Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and entire communities to help Florida's children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living. To learn more about how to be active and make nutritious food choices, visit www.healthiestweightflorida.com.

About Tobacco Free Florida

Tobacco Free Florida is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Tobacco Free Florida is managed by the Florida Department of Health, specifically the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida. Smokers and smokeless tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to use one of the 3 Free & Easy Ways to Quit.

To learn about Tobacco Free Florida and the state’s free cessation resources, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla

About the Florida Department of Health

The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.