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On September 29, 2000, the world first celebrated World Heart Day. Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, and World Heart Day encourages people and communities to invest in heart-healthy lifestyle choices.
 
Limiting tobacco use, choosing healthy foods, and getting plenty of exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease. Communities can reduce the risk of heart disease by creating smoke-free zones, providing healthy school meals, and making sure people have access to green spaces for exercise. Investing in heart-healthy environments not only creates a healthier population, but reduces expenditures on health care.
 
World Heart Day activities include heart-disease screenings in Bahia Blanca, Argentina; a walk-a-thon in Accra, Ghana; health-care seminars in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; a health-care technology exhibit in Jakarta, Indonesia; and a demonstration of healthy cuisine in Milan, Italy.
access
Noun

ability to use.

celebrate
Verb

to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

cuisine
Noun

a style of cooking.

demonstration
Noun

organized public display of support or criticism for a policy or event.

encourage
Verb

to inspire or support a person or idea.

environment
Noun

conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.

exhibit
Noun

display, often in a museum.

expenditure
Noun

cost or expense.

fast food
Noun
food prepared in large quantities by a standardized method and dispensed quickly at inexpensive restaurants for eating there or elsewhere.
Noun

material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.

health care
Noun

system for addressing the physical health of a population.

heart disease
Noun

illness affecting the heart and circulatory system.

invest
Verb

to contribute time or money.

lifestyle
Noun

way of living, including cultural, economic, and social habits.

limit
Verb

to restrict or keep to a certain amount.

population
Noun

total number of people or organisms in a particular area.

promote
Verb

to encourage or help.

reduce
Verb

to lower or lessen.

screening
Noun

initial evaluation of an individual used to identify the presence of a disease.

seminar
Noun

meeting for holding discussions on a specific topic.

stroke
Noun

injury caused by a blood clot in the brain.

technology
Noun

the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.

tobacco
Noun

plant whose leaves are smoked or chewed as a mild narcotic.

Noun

area separated from others by artificial or natural divisions.

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