For decades, Ólafur (the Icelandic president) has made sure to exercise at least 50 minutes a day. "We usually start the day with a power walk with Sámi. But I think he started eating healthier food after we met, he now eats more vegetables and less wine bread," says First Lady Dorrit Moussaieff in an interview with Fréttatímann (News Time) when she is asked about her husband's physical condit...
International Heart Day is tomorrow. It will be celebrated as it has been in recent years. Every year a new theme of the day is chosen and this year it is ‘children, adolescents and heart disease’. Hjartavernd and HjartaHeill, the national association for heart patients, have joined forces and celebrate the day together. A program is announced in Laugardalur tomorrow, where the annual heart walk will take place. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to take their children on walks.
A special warm-up will be offered for the walk and Solla Stirða (Stephanie) and her neighbor from Latibær (LazyTown), Halla hrekkjusvín (Trixie) will take care of the warm-up together with national team coach Logi Ólafsson in football. The walk itself will be led by this beautiful party together with guests of honor, who will be Jón Kristjánsson, Minister of Health. The walk is expected to take about half an hour and this is exactly the movement that is considered desirable for the heart to receive every day. Actavis is the main sponsor of HjartaHeill on this day and will bring children colorful balloons to celebrate the day. Some people may find it strange to associate this day, which is celebrated all over the world, with children. But that’s not without reason.
We eat unhealthy food. We exercise less and we eat more than we did. No special scientists need to lead us to the truth about what this really means. We see it all around us. Our children and adolescents are constantly gaining weight. When the generation that is now over forty years old was growing up, there was one child in the class, or even in the whole cohort of the school, who was very fat. Today is the second century and it is not uncommon for there to be some in each class who are far above their ideal weight. This is a frightening development and in the next few years the average age of those who have heart attacks and / or coronary artery disease will decrease rapidly, if nothing is done.
The purpose of the day
International Heart Day is meant to draw attention to a better and healthier lifestyle and encourage people to exercise. Really draw attention to the fact that we all have to do something. Sitting still mixed with snacks in the evening, after big dinners, unfortunately gives problems in later age. Cardiovascular disease is the number one fatal disease in the West today. Everyone needs to be responsible for their own lives and limbs in this regard. And what’s positive for everyone, though, is that it’s never too late to change your lifestyle. Remember this, it’s never too late.
Great risk of heart attack
Genetic factors, obesity, poor diet, smoking (both direct and indirect) and sedentary lifestyle are the main causes of heart disease and heart attacks. New research and figures show that children with obesity are three to five times more likely to have a heart attack before the age of 65 than children with a normal body type. It is therefore a long way to go to help our children get used to the right diet. At the same time, research has also shown that if children and adolescents lose weight, with increased exercise and a better diet, these same chances can be significantly reduced. This issue therefore needs to be tackled firmly by parents and those who raise children for the semester. In fact, in the long run, this should be a priority in raising children. Today it has been shown that two out of three children in the world get too little exercise.
On-site health check-ups
In Reykjavík, a heart walk will be offered at a new location in collaboration with Hjartavernd. This time we will walk from Þróttur’s clubhouse in Laugardalur and the walk will start at 13:00. It is appropriate to arrive on time. Drinks will be offered both before and after the walk and there will also be health measurements, both blood fat measurements offered by Astra-Zeneca and blood pressure measurements offered by Hjartavern. Something more will also be available. Thus, the aim is for Linuskautahlaup, weather permitting, in collaboration with linuskautar.is. The skating rink in the immediate vicinity is planning to offer free skating rentals on the occasion of the day, so people can go to the skating rink without notice and continue to cultivate soul and body. Everything is heading for a great day and now it’s just crowded and going for the heart, forever.