A red sky will mark World Heart Day

The Cayman Heart Fund is inviting people to dress in red to mark World Heart Day.

The sky above Camana Bay will light up red later this month to mark World Heart Day.

Organisers are inviting people to wear red to the ‘Light the sky red’ event on Sunday, 29 Sept., from 6pm to 9pm.

Dart Marketing Manager Christy Whittaker said in a press release that Camana Bay is proud to support the Cayman Heart Fund and World Heart Day by lighting up its Town Centre in red.

“We encourage everyone in our community to take charge of their heart health and be mindful of actions you can take to prevent and control cardiovascular disease,” she said. “Physical activity is one action that plays a huge role in maintaining good health and with Camana Bay being largely pedestrianized we are proud to provide an environment convenient for walkers, runners and joggers to keep moving and get their daily exercise in.”

To help Cayman Heart Fund raise funds and spread the life-saving message, the charity also is asking people to wear red on Friday, 27 Sept., in schools, the workplace or while exercising.

This year, on World Heart Day, as part of the Cayman Heart Fund mission to ensure heart health equity for all, the charity says it wants to create “a community of Heart Heroes”, which involves individuals making a number of promises. These include:

  • A promise to our families to cook and eat more healthily,
  • A promise to our children to exercise more help them to be more active, to say no to smoking and help our loved ones stop,
  • A promise as an employee to invest in heart-healthy workplaces,
  • A simple promise for My Heart, for Your Heart and for All Our Hearts.

According to Cayman Heart Fund, heart disease is the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.9 million lives each year. The charity highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control cardiovascular disease.

It aims to drive action to educate people that by controlling risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided.

World Heart Day is a global campaign during which individuals, families, communities, and governments participate in activities to take charge of their heart health and that of others.

Funds raised by the Cayman Heart Fund will go to support fitness programmes, educational sessions and free health screening events.

Cayman Heart Fund encourages participants to take pictures and send them to [email protected] For more information, call 916‑6324.

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