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Day: World Health Day celebrates today


World Health Day will be celebrated today Sunday to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948.

Each year a theme is selected for World Health Day that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure.

The theme for World Health Day in 2013 is high blood pressure‚ also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension. It increases the risk of heart attacks‚ strokes and kidney failure and if left uncontrolled‚ high blood pressure can also cause blindness‚ irregular heartbeat and heart failure.

High blood pressure is preventable‚ and can be countered by reducing salt intake‚ eating a balanced diet‚ avoiding the harmful use of alcohol‚ taking regular physical activity‚ maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding tobacco use.

On 7 April 2013‚ World Health Day‚ activities and campaigns throughout the world will focus on the causes and consequences of high blood pressure.