Every week we feature a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. World Health Day is held on April 7 to celebrate the founding of World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The 2013 theme is "Control Your Blood Pressure," which is not usually associated with children; however, among infants and children hypertension can be linked to kidney problems or excess weight.

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Celebrate World Health Day 2013

WHO's goal for World Health Day is to raise awareness about high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Healthy habits improve detection and lower risk of hypertension.

  • Know the health consequences of high blood pressure
  • Encourage others to check their blood pressure
  • Establish healthy behaviors
  • Reduce salty foods
  • Stay active

WHO also encourages individuals to share their experiences through social media, host a local discussion group or organize an event, such as an art exhibit or concert, to spread the news.

Kidshealth.org provides health information for parents, teens and kids. The site's games and activities teach children about growing up, staying fit and eating healthy. 'How the Body Works' scavenger hunt is head to toe fun as kids learn how their body functions. Parents and kids can also watch movies, read articles, take quizzes and other activities to learn about heart health.

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Heifer International project participants learn how to live healthier lives by eating more nutritious foods and improving living conditions. When participants receive an animal, or other gifts like seeds or trees, they also receive training on how to successfully care for that gift. As they begin to sell milk, eggs, cheese, honey, meat and wool, they reap the benefit of increased income and improved diets. Some also share with their neighbors when they have extra.

Join Team Heifer to create a healthier world

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Chelsey McNiel