OTTAWA, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - This February, the Heart and Stroke
Foundation is encouraging everyone to think about their heart, by
challenging Canadians to act and take simple steps to prevent heart
disease and stroke.
"We're calling on Canadians to join our movement," says David
Sculthorpe, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. "Every action, big
or small makes a difference. Simple lifestyle changes like preparing a
heart-healthy meal, going for a walk, or quitting smoking can make it
possible to change the odds against heart disease and stroke. We can
Make Death Wait."
Nine out of 10 people have at least one risk factor, and 40 per cent
have three or more. But there is good news for Canadians—80 per cent of
premature heart disease and stroke is preventable.
"Although I wasn't overweight, I thought I was doing okay, but I was
cutting corners on my health and realistically was fooling myself in
believing I was healthy—then overnight I went from healthy to health
risk," says Brian Campkin, a heart survivor, and HSF volunteer
ambassador. "There was a time when all I had for breakfast was
take-out coffee and toothpaste. Now I take the extra time and get the
healthy start I need." Time is thankfully something Brian no longer
takes for granted, after a routine exam indicated that he needed a
Dr. Beth Abramson, HSF spokesperson and cardiologist, suggests that
Brian's scenario is too common. And Canadians should heed his advice.
"It really comes down to a few simple steps - and a bit of discipline.
"Canadians can reduce their risk by making healthy lifestyle choices
such as being physically active 150 minutes a week, knowing and
controlling your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and eating a
healthy diet," says Abramson. "If you missed getting on the resolution
band wagon in January, February is a great opportunity to commit to
heart health." Other ways to reduce the risk of heart disease and
maintaining a healthy weight
limiting alcohol consumption
The Foundation challenges Canadians on the heels of the launch of its
groundbreaking Make Death Wait media campaign, a wake-up call to
Canadians that heart disease and stroke take one in three Canadians
before their time ̶ and is the #1 killer of women.
"This national multimedia campaign is all about giving Canadians longer,
fuller lives," says Sculthorpe. "We want Canadians to take their heart
"It's years of life that are at stake -the lost moments, cherished
memories, and experiences that enrich our lives," says Sculthorpe.
"It's all about giving Canadians more time, and the health and ability
to enjoy it."
Sculthorpe notes that the Foundation's long-term goal is reduce deaths
due to heart disease and stroke by 25 per cent by 2020. "That
represents almost 25,000 lives saved each and every year," he says. "If
each Canadian takes action now to making heart-healthy actions, they
can help us achieve these goals."
Heart Month is a national campaign that mobilizes Canadians to rally together in
raising awareness and funds that have an enormous impact on the lives
of all Canadians. During February, more than 85,000 volunteers will
rally together across Canada to raise life-giving funds.
"We're determined to transform Canada into one of the healthiest
countries in the world − inspired by our vision of eliminating heart
disease and stroke in this country," says Sculthorpe. "Please open your
doors to the Foundation and help give Canadians longer, fuller lives.
It's all about reducing the impact of heart disease and stroke."
Every donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation supports investment in
life‐giving research, advocacy, and health promotion and education
programs. To donate to the Foundation, visit heartandstroke.ca/donate.
Canadians can join the movement to make death wait by logging their
healthy actions at www.heartandstroke.ca/makedeathwait.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, www.heartandstroke.ca, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease
and stroke, reducing their impact through the advancement of research
and its application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy.
SOURCE HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF CANADA
For further information:
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