The Western Sydney Wanderers and the Heart Foundation are now working together to save lives by raising awareness of heart disease during their Round 22 match against Adelaide United.
Every year, more than 19,000 people lose their lives to heart disease.
That’s about the same number of Western Sydney Wanderers Members and if you imagine Spotless Stadium at full capacity, that too is the amount of people that will lose their lives to heart disease this year.
The effects of heart disease may be lessened through healthy lifestyle choices such as increased exercise and eating a healthy diet.
The partnership with the Heart Foundation and the Wanderers plans to encourage Australians to be vigilant about their heart health as heart disease can affect people of all ages and all walks of life.
Ms Kerry Doyle, Heart Foundation NSW, Chief Executive said heart disease is Australia’s leading single cause of death for both men and women.
“Every year, more than 19,000 people lose their life to heart disease —that’s about the same number of members as the Western Sydney Wanderers.
“By working with the Wanderers, we are hoping to break down some of the preconceived ideas that heart disease only affects older men.
“Heart disease can steal precious years off a young person with them needing ongoing treatment and care. A young person living with heart disease may also need to be hyper-vigilant in managing their risk factors such as keeping their blood pressure and cholesterol under control, keeping physically active and eating a healthy diet, all of which could be seen as unsociable by peers at a time when peer pressure is rife,” said Ms Doyle.
Jump Rope for Heart will be running a skipping demonstration and will be raising awareness about Heart Disease in the precinct on Saturday's match against Adelaide United.
They will also be giving away Heart Foundation stick on tattoos, flyers and skipping ropes. Make sure you get a photo with their Happy Heart mascot too!
For more information visit heartfoundation.org.au.