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  Home > News Press Release > CARDIOMAN ESSAY COMPETITION IS BACK!
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News Press Release

CARDIOMAN ESSAY COMPETITION IS BACK!
Dated of posted : 2010-02-25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pictured L-R: Lisa Humes, Marketing Assistant, Doctors Hospital with Michele Rassin, VP Operations (centre) and 2009 Essay winners and their parents.

  
CARDIOMAN ESSAY COMPETITION IS BACK!
 
 
If you're like most people, you think that heart disease is a problem for other folks. Well, it is to change your thoughts as heart disease is the number one killer in the United States.  Worldwide, an average of more than 16 women per minute dies of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. Additionally heart disease is also the number one killer in the Bahamas!
Although not a major cause of death among children and teenagers, controlling as many risk factors as possible, starting in childhood, will help reduce your child's risk of developing heart disease as an adult. Statistics show that one out of four children is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight or obese and are at greater risk of diabetes and other serious health problems. Children who are not physically active and make poor nutritional choices are more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other potentially life-threatening diseases.
 
As we approach the month of February and the observation of National Heart Month, Doctors Hospital remains focused on educating children about heart disease and its risk factors. To bring home the message to children the hospital will again enlist the help of its health superhero, Cardioman! 
 
Doctors Hospital first began its ‘heart healthy’ campaign in our nation’s schools in 2005 with an introduction to the hospital’s heart superhero, Cardio Man. Cardio Man sent out a mass appeal to the children of all schools, including those in the family islands to write a letter, answering the question, “What can you do to take better care of your heart?” The essay, which was to be written in letter form, was not to exceed fifty words. The ‘Healthy Heart’ campaign this year will again take the same format, with children answering the question “What can you do to take better care of your heart?” The essay competition is open to all Primary Schools in the Bahamas to children between the ages of seven and eleven.
 
The continued goal of Doctors Hospital and its representative, Cardio Man is to instill in children the daily habits that include: eating a variety of healthy foods, at least five (5) servings of vegetables and fruits and avoid foods high in unhealthy fats; participating in at least one (1) hour of physical activity; and reducing time in front of television and video game screens; and No smoking as most of the risk factors that affect children can be controlled early in life, lowering the risk of heart disease later in life.
 
According to Michele Rassin, Vice President of Operations and Coordinator of the Essay Competition, “An increasing number of children are overweight, and if no intervention is made, 80% of them will stay overweight as adults which will lead to health problems such as Heart Disease. A combined approach of sensible nutrition and regular exercise can help to control weight gain. It is important that we get the message of healthy eating and exercise out to these kids now and hopefully we can mold their thinking so that when they do become adults healthy eating is second nature to them. We are definitely looking forward to reading the wonderful essays that Cardio Man receives from the kids.”


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