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The European Heart Health Charter has been developed by the European Society of Cardiology and the European Heart Network, in collaboration with the European Commission and WHO Regional Office for Europe, to prevent cardiovascular disease in Europe. The official ceremony for the launch of the European Heart Health Charter took place on 12 June 2007 in Brussels, in the symbolic venue of the European Parliament, in the presence of:
The 12 June also saw the launch of a website dedicated to the European Heart Health Charter at www.heartcharter.eu
The "Charter Community" section allows the sharing of initiatives on heart health promotion with other stakeholders (ie health professionals, health promotion organisations, health authorities, education system, etc) across Europe. The European Heart Health Charter is the result of a fruitful work process of the Heart Health Charter Steering Group brought together after the Luxembourg Declaration. The Steering Group is composed of members of the ESC, EHN, WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Commission, Directorate-General Health & Consumer Protection, European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation and the Joint Prevention Committee. So far, 15 European health promotion organisations have agreed to support the European Heart Health Charter:
The event was largely covered by the media. Please read the press release here.
The European Heart Health Charter's national implementation will be monitored through the EuroHeart project. EuroHeart is a three-year project co-funded by the European Commission Public Health Programme 2003-2008 and aims to address the significant burden of CVD in Europe. To strengthen cross-sector cooperation, it has been developed by the European Society of Cardiology together with the European Heart Network and brings together 30 partners in 20 European countries.
Its general objective is to determine areas of policies and public health interventions which can contribute to preventing avoidable deaths and disability across Europe.
The specific objectives of the EuroHeart project are to:
Access the European Heart Health Charter website here... Access the EuroHeart section here...
Our mission: To reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease
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