Each year, World Health Day celebrates the formation of the World Health Organization. Each year, a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. For 2013 World Health Day, celebrated on April 7, the theme is hypertension.
Increased blood pressure is recognized by the WHO as the leading risk for death and disability worldwide. An estimated 9.4 million deaths annually and 7% of all disability are caused by increased blood pressure.
Dr. Norm Campbell is the current President–Elect of the World Hypertension League (WHL), a division of the International Society of Hypertension with the World Health Organization. WHL is a coalition of national hypertension organizations with the mandate of prevention and control of hypertension.
In observance of World Health Day, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is convening a panel of experts to talk about this problem and its impact in the Americas. On April 5th, 2013, you can livestream the panel on which Dr. Campbell will be participating.
WHAT World Health Day: Experts to discuss hypertension in the Americas
WHEN April 5, 2013, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
WHERE Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) HQ, Room A 525 23rd St. NW, Washington, D.C. (Corner of 23rd St. & Virginia Ave)
• Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director
• Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
• Norman Campbell, President of the World Hypertension League
• Sonia Angell, Senior Advisor on Noncommunicable Diseases, the Center for Global Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• Cristina Rabadán-Diehl, Acting Director of Office of Global Health National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Last month, Dr. Campbell commented on an external study published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health where researchers reviewed more than 4,000 food items sold in fast-food restaurants and popular sit-down restaurant chains. It showed that sit-down meals can contain more sodium than fast food. Campbell spoke to CTV News and says the bottom line is that Canadians are risking their health when they eat out and that’s it’s time for all restaurants to warn diners about items that are high in salt.