Estonian First Lady Evelin Ilves, on a working visit to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional headquarters in Copenhagen, agreed to become its spokesperson on non-communicable diseases.
Ilves accepted the title, "Champion of Health" from the organization, from WHO’s regional director Zsuzsanna Jakab, uudised.err.ee reported Thursday.
Preventing non-communicable requires the support of governments and parliaments, but also increased awareness on health attitudes, Ilves said.
Non-communicable diseases include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, malignant tumors, chronic respiratory diseases, injuries that are largely caused by unhealthy eating habits, insufficient exercise, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
In November, Ilves returned to her medical studies and took an exam required for entering the health workers' registry and going on to residency.
She gave a speech at a WHO non-communicable disease conference in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on December 3.