Disease gets younger victims
Every day 16 New Zealanders die as a result of heart disease, making it the single biggest cause of death for men and women in this country.
Monday, February 7 is the start of National Heart week and Matamata Heart Fit co-ordinator Charmaine Donaldson said the Heart Foundation’s aim to raise money for research and education was critical.
‘‘Heart attack victims are getting younger and younger. One time it was just older people; 50 was young for a heart attack but now its not,’’ she said.
‘‘Age does not exclude you. It’s about promoting the benefits of keeping an eye on yourself no matter how old you are.’’
Last year Matamata was one of the best collection areas in the Waikato and Mrs Donaldson hopes for a similar level of sup- port this year. ‘‘Our Heart Fit members will be outside The Warehouse, Countdown and Unichem on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, plus there will be roving collectors on Friday.’’
The national appeal runs for one week but in Matamata it will be two with many cafes and restaurants offering healthy heart options.
‘‘Diet and exercise, and not smoking, they are all so important. In former times we didn’t know so much but nowadays there is no excuse, there is so much information out there.’’ Mrs Donaldson said.
Red balloons and different sized hearts with the message ‘‘love your heart’’ went up around town yesterday.
Train enthusiasts wanted: Matamata Railway Modellers secretary John Tarry and president Don Maskell are hoping for more members for their group.