Heart Awareness Month


Preview: Celebrated annually in September, this month is dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease in South Africa and culminates on World Heart Day on the 29th of September. Heart Awareness Month has long been a platform for raising awareness about heart disease and highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and appropriate treatment.

World Heart Day

29 September

Preview: Share the Power on World Heart Day: South Africa Lights Up! World Heart Day takes place every year on 29 September. We mark this day in SA too. Created and led by the World Heart Federation, the day is designed to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the world’s biggest killer, and of the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle. In SA, CVD is the second biggest killer following HIV and AIDS.

National Nutrition Week

9 October – 15 October

Preview: Water contains no kilojoules, hydrates and is beneficial for health!  National Nutrition Week (NNW) 2017 which will be celebrated from 9 – 15 October aims through its theme: “Rethink your drink – choose water” to create awareness among the public about the adverse effect of sugary drinks also known as sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), on health and instead, to make water their beverage of choice.

National Obesity Week

15 October – 19 October

Preview: If obesity in South African children continues to increase at the current rate, 3.91 million school children will be overweight or obese by 2025. The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, together with the World Obesity Federation will announce this year’s theme – watch this space for more details coming soon.

National Stroke Week

28 October – 3 November

Preview: Although stroke is a complex medical issue, there are ways to significantly reduce its impact.  Prof. Pamela Naidoo, CEO of the HSFSA states that “Recognising the signs of a stroke early, treating it as a medical emergency and having access to the most appropriate professional health care, can substantially improve outcomes.  These are key priorities that the HSFSA would like to highlight on World Stroke Day”.  More about this year’s theme will be revealed by mid-October.