Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death [1] 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 [2]

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.

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[1] Institute of Medicine. Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World: A Critical Challenge to Achieve Global Health. (IOM), Washington, DC, 2010).
[2] Caballero, B. The global epidemic of obesity: an overview. Epidemiol Rev 29, 1-5 (2007).