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Worldwide efforts to improve heart health; a follow-up to the Catalonia declaration : selected program descriptions
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    June 1997
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Worldwide efforts to improve heart health; a follow-up to the Catalonia declaration : selected program descriptions
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    According to the World Health Organization's World Health Report 1997, diseases of the heart and circulatory system account for more than 15 million deaths per year. Even though methods of prevention are now well known, the number of deaths due to heart attack and stroke are expected to continue rising. Concern over this growing epidemic led to the organization of the International Heart Health Conferences, which brought together scientists, policymakers, and health professionals from around the world. The goal of the first conference, held in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1992, was to discuss methods of applying existing knowledge about cardiovascular disease (CVD) toward its prevention on a global scale. To that end, the Advisory Board for the conference published The Victoria Declaration on Heart Health and formed the Victoria Declaration Implementation Committee to carry out policies emanating from International Heart Health conferences. The Second International Heart Health Conference, held in Barcelona, Spain, in 1995, focused on financial constraints as perhaps the greatest barrier to global CVD prevention. Acknowledging that economic considerations will influence efforts to lessen the gap between accumulating and applying CVD prevention techniques, the Advisory Board published a second document, The Catalonia Declaration: Investing in Heart Health. This document asserts that investing in heart health now will save money in the long term. It also provides a list of 14 recommendations for promoting heart health, presents resources for and barriers to implementing CVD prevention programs, and highlights 41 successful projects that have been implemented around the world. Although The Catalonia Declaration provides valuable information on research, policy, and programs, people who wish to initiate prevention programs may require more indepth information. Accordingly, this companion document, Worldwide Efforts to Improve Heart Health: A Follow-up to the Catalonia Declaration—Selected Program Descriptions, was developed to further explore case studies presented in The Catalonia Declaration and to discuss many other programs that promote heart health. The resulting collection, which describes projects in 6 continents and over 30 countries, gathers diverse information under the central theme of CVD prevention. This publication will assist health policymakers and program practitioners all over the world to design, enhance, or evaluate heart health interventions and policies suited to the particular needs of their community, state or province, or nation. The document also provides contact information for all of the programs discussed as well as bibliographic references to help readers acquire further information.

    Developed and produced by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention of the Stanford University School of Medicine.

    Companion volume to "The Catalonia declaration: investing in heart health."

    Prepared by Cygnus Corporation for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 200-94-0844

    Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-176) and indexes.

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    Tara A. Grabowsky, John W. Farquhar, Kathryn R. Sunnarborg, Virginia S. Bales.
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