Valentine’s Day Twitter Campaign, 13 & 14 February 2012

In Europe, cardiovascular diseases (CVD), in particular heart disease and stroke, are the main cause of death and disability killing over 4.3 million people in the 53 member states of the WHO European Region and more than 2 million in the EU, i.e. more people than all cancers combined.

The EU can make a difference by adopting heart healthy legislation and making sure that CVD are given the appropriate attention on the EU policy agenda!


Over 150 messages were tweeted by Members of the European Parliament, EU and national Advocacy groups, individuals, etc. on 13 & 14 February 2012.

Thanks to these Tweets, it is estimated that over 125 000 people were reached by heart healthy messages on Valentine's Day!  

 A full report of the MEP Heart Group Valentine's Day Twitter Campaign is available here.


Tweeted messages include:

Health is wealth! Make the fight against heart disease & stroke an EU priority

Get active and cut your chances of getting heart disease & stroke by 19%

Current physical activity guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week to attain significant health benefits. Indeed, studies indicate that an increment of approximately 30 minutes of normal walking a day for five days a week was associated with 19% coronary heart disease (CHD) risk reduction, and the risk decreased as the walking dose increased. [Source: Food, Nutrition and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in the European Union: Challenges for the New Millenium, EHN 2011]


Eat healthily! 33% of heart diseases & strokes are due to a diet poor in fruit & veg

 Evidence suggests that eating more portions of fruit and vegetables will significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. The more consumed the greater the risk reduction. Overall, studies indicate that there will be a 17-21% reduction in the risk of CHD if an individual eats five portions of fruit or vegetables per day. Similarly this quantity of fruit and vegetables is also reflected in a 25-26% reduction in the risk of stroke. [Source: Food, Nutrition and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in the European Union: Challenges for the New Millenium, EHN 2011]

Fight tobacco!By the time you finish reading this 6 people will have died from smoking!

Tobacco causes serious cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke. Approximately one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco and this accounts for one in 10 adult deaths.  [Source: WHO, 2011]