Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

World Heart Day 2014

Date: 29 September 2014
Place: Global

On the occasion of World Heart Day 2014, the World Health Organization will be repeating the need to reduce the consumption of salt, which is linked to approximately 2.5 million people dying annually from cardiovascular diseases.

The theme of this year’s World Heart Day – Heart Choices NOT Hard Choices – also looks at the benefits of reducing salt consumption, particularly in terms of improving health and reducing avoidable deaths from heart cardiovascular diseases.

Coinciding with the day, WHO will be staging on 26 September 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Central European Time an interactive online discussion via Twitter with one of the Organization’s experts on the use, benefits and harms associated with salt. To get involved, send in questions from 25 September 2014 by following WHO on @WHO and using the hashtag #lesssalt

WHO offices around the world will also be using the day to remind members of the public, governments, business and other sectors of the dangers of consumption of excess salt and the measures that can be taken to reduce this.