The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa’s Health Promotions Programme empowers all South Africans to adopt healthy lifestyles through education and raising awareness of CVD.  CVD is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide, and 80% of CVD can be prevented by lifestyle changes.

The Health Promotion Programmes primary activities are conducting health risk assessments, doing community and corporate talks, running the Mended Hearts groups and engaging in Employee Wellness programmes and public health campaigns.

Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) for cardiovascular disease onset is conducted primarily in the public sector, in public spaces and at public events. The Health Promotions Teams across the Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Eastern Cape Provinces use screening tests for blood glucose and cholesterol. We measure blood pressure and take anthropometric measures in order to calculate body mass index (BMI).

The HPO’s offer the appropriate counselling for members of the public whose health risk assessment renders concerns and also links them to care in cases of extreme concern.

To book a community health risk assessment in your community, please email dana.govender@heartfoundation.co.za