On 20 May, the eve of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the World Health Organization is staging a major health promotion event in Geneva named Walk the Talk: the Health for All Challenge. The aim of this event is to engage WHA delegates, the United Nations family, non-State actors and the Geneva community in a global movement to promote health through physical activity.
Given the important link between physical activity and heart disease, the World Heart Federation sees this as a key opportunity to mobilize the cardiovascular community and raise awareness of this important health issue. We will have a stand at the Place des Nations, where we are planning a number of activities aimed at promoting heart health. We have also set up a team under which participants can register. The registration page can be accessed here and the team name is Heart Heroes.
How to participate
If you are in Geneva on 20 May
We want to make sure the cardiovascular community has a strong presence on the day, and would be thrilled if you could join us. Our team will be identifiable by our red baseball hats, which we will provide on the day. You can join the team by clicking on the following link: http://apps.who.int/datacol/survey.asp?survey_id=708 – don’t forget to fill in the team name Heart Heroes!
If you are not in Geneva on 20 May
If you are unable to attend the event in person, you can still participate by:
- Planning your own Walk the Talk event
- Posting pictures of yourself engaging in physical activity on social media, using the hashtags #walkthetalk #healthforall #WHA71
- Promoting the event to your network and encouraging people to participate either in person or on social media