5 September 2022

What The Heart Mark Means and Why It Is Important

September is known as Heart Awareness Month in South Africa and is geared toward raising awareness for heart disease. This September, Flora is sharing some information on Heart Awareness Month, including why the heart-mark symbol is used and its significance. Join us as we explore the importance of this month and why it is essential to continue raising awareness for heart disease.

Living a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle is essential to the health of your heart. It also makes a significant contribution to the overall quality of your life. Heart Awareness Month is intended to identify the risk factors and preventative measures for heart disease. Here at Flora South Africa, we’ve understood the assignment. Allow us to explain.

Why Flora Uses The Heart Mark Symbol

The Heart and Stroke foundation established The Heart Mark Programme in the 90s as an integral element of its strategy to assist consumers in identifying healthier food. The Heart Mark logo is provided for manufacturers to use on their products if they act per the set food criteria.

The Heart Mark symbol is presented as a red circle with a white heart, fork and knife inside and text that states “approved as part of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s eating plan.” The symbol is confirmation that the food product is the healthier choice and can assist in controlling and reducing lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, among other conditions, when used in conjunction with a balanced and healthy lifestyle and diet.

Flora is among the food products that proudly display the heart symbol!

Why Is The Heart Symbol Important?

The heart symbol is essential in raising awareness for heart disease and reminding us of the crucial role our hearts play in our long-term and everyday health. It calls for everyone to collaborate and practice healthy lifestyle habits, ensuring good heart health.

Heart Disease Facts In South Africa

  • Strokes and heart disease are one of South Africa’s biggest killers, apart from HIV.
  • Five people are affected by heart attacks every hour in South Africa, while ten people suffer from strokes.
  • More South Africans die from cardiovascular disease than from all types of cancer combined.

These three facts have been referenced from The Heart and Stroke Foundation( https://www.heartfoundation.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/CVD-Stats-Reference-Document-2016-FOR-MEDIA-1.pdf )

Make this Heart Awareness Month count and do your best to educate others and support the cause by doing your bit to ensure you live a healthy lifestyle that promotes good heart health.

You can also check out our social media pages and visit us online for healthy living tips, including healthy recipes, ingredients, and much more!

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