The Hodgman Liberal Government has set a target for Tasmania to have the healthiest population by 2025, and having a healthy heart is a great first step.
Organisations like the Heart Foundation are a vital part of this goal and the Premier, Will Hodgman, on behalf of the Tasmanian Government donated $50,000 towards the Heart Foundation’s Big Heart Appeal at today’s breakfast launch.
This year’s appeal will focus on sudden cardiac arrest which claims about 10,000 lives each year. There is only a survival rate of about 5-10 per cent, which highlights the importance of defibrillators and CPR skills in the community.
Cardiovascular disease is the single biggest killer of Tasmanian men and women with one-in-three expected to be affected by the disease.
Thank you to the thousands of volunteers who support the Heart Foundation and help raise money to continue funding critical research in the fight against cardiovascular disease.
As an inaugural Heart Champion myself, I encourage Tasmanians to donate to the appeal, and to get tips on healthy eating visit www.heartfoundation.org.au.