September 29 marked the internationally-celebrated World Heart Day.
Cardiovascular disease is the world’s number one killer today. But it doesn’t need to be this way. By making just a few small changes to our lives, we can reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as improving our quality of life and setting a good example for the next generation. It’s about saying to yourself, the people you care about and individuals all around the world, “what can I do right now to look after MY HEART… and YOUR HEART?”
Following the spirit of this global event put forward by the World Heart Federation, Public Health Think Tank celebrated a local iteration of it on the NYU Abu Dhabi campus. Students were encouraged to attend fitness classes that focused on cardio. In addition to that, there was public tabling where students were informed about the risk of CVD’s, and given a chance to make promises to engage in activities/behaviours that would promote cardiovascular health. With regards to that, PHTT, in conjunction with NYUAD Student Government and Public Health Interest Group, also organised a university-wide healthy dessert challenge that asked participants to prepare desserts using healthy ingredients that would contribute to a healthy heart. The dishes were tasted by a panel of esteemed judges, who then awarded prizes to the best dishes.