Finland fights heart disease with healthier lifestyles Graham Land Mar 7th, 2010 Health & Diet, Lifestyle Tweet photo by Ilpo Torn (source: Flickr Creative Commons) The municipality of in the region of North Karelia in the east of Finland is home to a remarkably successful health program. Eastern Finland once had the highest death rate from heart disease in the world. In 1972 a Finnish government led project was launched in cooperation with the WHO to combat heart disease in Eastern Finland, starting in North Karelia. The North Karelia Project focuses on lifestyle factors in non-communicable diseases – primarily diet and exercise. By 2006 the annual mortality rate of coronary heart disease in North Karelia in the working age population had fallen approximately 85 %, compared with the rate before the Project. –National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland Check out this video report on the Karelia health project from NBC: NBC Nightly News – Creating a healthy community Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy by Graham Land SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER Thank you, your sign-up request was successful! Please check your e-mail inbox. Given email address is already subscribed, thank you! Please provide a valid email address. Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.