World Heart Day (WHD)
Annually, World Heart Day is marked globally on September 29th. The month of September/October every year is used by the Nigerian Heart Foundation to build core awareness about cardiovascular diseases and related issues and localizes the global theme to create events that are relevant to our population. Nigerian Heart Foundation partners with Government and their Agencies, Ministries, Corporate Organizations and the Media. The events are created to run for a month. Click here for more information on World Heart Day 2021.
National Heart Awareness Campaign
The National Heart Awareness campaign is an initiative promoted by the Nigerian Heart Foundation and our major partners in recognition of the rising prevalence of Cardiovascular disease in the Nigerian population. The campaign is to create awareness on the issue of Heart health throughout Nigeria. The target population will be those in workplaces – in the public and private sectors, and artisans in all areas of business endeavour.
Golf tournaments are organised for Executives of organizations and Business sectors, to encourage them to engage in physical activities. During the tournaments, health promotion lectures are organized and health screenings are carried out.
Nigerian Heart Foundation works with the Media to educate the public on the importance of healthy living and create awareness for Nigerian Heart Foundation programme through:
• Press Briefings
• Press Release
World Salt Awareness Week
World Salt awareness week is organized to call for more action; encourage individuals to read labels and choose foods with less salt and partner with food companies to provide the population with low salt options.
Healthy Heart Bazaar
This is an annual event that brings food companies, producers of medical equipment, health organizations and civil society organizations, gym operators and individuals together and provides the opportunity to exhibit and educate the public. Nigerian Heart Foundation uses the event to further create awareness for the Nigerian Heart Foundation Heart Check Food Labelling Programme logo.
Nigerian Heart Foundation Heart Check Food Labelling Programme.
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death globally and locally, together with hypertension, tobacco use, and physical inactivity. Obesity is also a known risk factor for CVD that can make changes to heart structure and function. NHF works to combat obesity, to promote the prevention of Heart Disease and Stroke, and to empower Nigerians to live healthy lives.
Front-of-package food labelling (FOPL) is necessary to improve the diets of consumers in Nigeria and to decrease risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease. The NHF Heart Check Food Labelling Programme is in partnership with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Food Industry. This program aims to bring about change by helping Nigerians make healthy food choices using FOPL. FOPL quickly informs consumers about the relative healthiness of products and warns against harmful products.
The NHF Heart Check Food Labelling Programme certifies food products to be healthy for consumption and heart-friendly by using acceptable criteria for sugars, total fat, saturated, trans fats and, salts which are critical nutrients associated with CVDs and other diet-related Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Our certification mark represents products that are healthier compared to similar foods.
Click here to download our protocol for the Nigerian Heart Foundation Heart Check Food Labelling Programme.