Vot­ing fo­cus en­cour­aged

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

Heart dis­ease is New Zealand’s sin­gle big­gest killer which cur­rently sees 90,000 years of life lost each year to dis­abil­ity or pre­ma­ture death. It’s time for us to act. In the lead-up to the elec­tion, the Heart Foun­da­tion is chal­leng­ing our politi­cians to make stop­ping heart dis­ease a pri­or­ity.

Our Stop the Heart­break (STHB) heart health man­i­festo calls for ur­gent ac­tion on two key ini­tia­tives – a food and nutri­tion plan for chil­dren, and a car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (CVD) plan to re­duce the bur­den of heart dis­ease now.

An­nu­ally 463 Ki­wis die from heart dis­ease in Waikato and na­tion­ally a stag­ger­ing 31 per cent of our chil­dren are over­weight or obese.

It’s time for our po­lit­i­cal par­ties to ad­dress what must be done to save lives and en­sure our chil­dren have a bright future, free of heart dis­ease and ill health.

Make sure the peo­ple you choose to rep­re­sent you in Par­lia­ment are up to the heart health chal­lenge – pre­pared to do some­thing about heart dis­ease now and for the future.

San­drine Smith Heart Foun­da­tion

Waikato branch

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