Merseyside lights up for World Heart Day
2 years ago
Merseyside lit up red – and blue – for World Heart Day as the area continues to deal with some of the highest instances of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the UK.
World Heart Day, which is celebrated every year on 29th September, seeks to raise awareness of how people can help themselves be more heart healthy.
The Liverpool Centre for Cardiovascular Science (LCCS) marked the day with a series of events, including online exercise sessions and lighting up several buildings red.
Buildings including St George’s Hall, Liverpool Town Hall, Merseyside Police Headquarters, the M&S Arena, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, the Cunard Building and many more lit up red raise awareness.
Everton’s Goodison Park stadium was lit up in the club’s blue colours as a show of support.
Dr Deirdre Lane, Community Engagement and Involvement Lead at LCCS, said:
“The burden of cardiovascular disease in Liverpool is very high, with people in the city living shorter lives than the national average and spending a greater proportion of their lives living with disability and poor health.
“We are encouraging people to set themselves realistic and achievable goals in improving their heart health.
“We would encourage people to start today – to give up smoking, reduce their alcohol intake, eat more fruit and vegetables, eat less salt and sugar, and increase the amount of exercise they do. We know it isn’t always easy but making a few changes like this can make a big difference to your health and protect your heart.”