Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death  in the world.
Over the last decades, it has been proven that obesity is the main cardiovascular risk factor both in adults and children, as well as the factors associated with it, such as diabetes and hypertension, which result from an inadequate diet and low levels of physical activity 
Addictions to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are also important risk factors of cardiovascular disease. The growth of these inadequate habits among the population increases the number of cardiovascular patients every year. All of this, combined with a greater life expectancy as a result of advanced medicine and new technologies, is causing an overwhelming social and economic burden to our society.
Experts agree that the only way of avoiding the spread of these diseases is a change in people’s lifestyles, and awareness of the need to promote healthy habits.
Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD took the initiative in creating the SHE International Foundation (Science, Health and Education). Based on basic and clinical research (Science), its aim is to promote Health through communication and Education of the population.
Thus, our challenge for the 21st century is figuring out how to go from treating the illness to preventive health care.
You can also participate:
The SHE Foundation’s aim is to promote health through communication and education of the population. In order to carry this out, many resources are needed:
- Support for the foundation’s outreach efforts
- Outreach materials (books, audio-visuals…)
- Awareness, advocacy and social mobilisation campaigns
- Training of professionals, coordinators and health promoters
- Design of teaching programmes
- Research on the effectiveness of programmes
- Debate and reflection through congresses, seminars and sessions
We at the Foundation ask for your help and thank you for it.