Canadians are invited to show their heart some love with free fitness February 15 to 19
LONDON, ON, Feb. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - GoodLife Fitness is showing Canadians some Valentine's Day love February 15-19 by opening its doors to provide free Club access across Canada. The GoodLife Healthy Heart Open House will get hearts pumping with access to Canada's largest fitness club chain, which has locations in every province.
"Since 2012, when we announced our collaboration with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, part of the University Health Network (UHN), we have been focused on improving the heart health of Canadians," said David 'Patch' Patchell-Evans, GoodLife Fitness founder and CEO. "The Healthy Heart Open House is another great opportunity to show Canadians what a positive impact regular exercise makes on your cardiovascular health and overall wellbeing."
According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, nine out of 10 Canadians over 20 have at least one risk factor for heart disease. If all Canadians engaged in 60 minutes of physical activity every day, as many as 33 per cent of deaths related to coronary heart disease could be avoided.
"Exercise is the best medicine when it comes to improving the health of one's heart. It also plays a vital role in preventing heart attacks and many other cardiac health problems," said Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director and GoodLife Fitness Chair in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Prevention with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
For typical Canadians, Dr. Oh recommends 20 to 30 minutes of activity a day, three to five times a week to help control blood pressure, high cholesterol and glucose levels, as well as to increase energy levels and reduce stress.
Canadians are encouraged to call their local GoodLife Fitness to take advantage of the Healthy Heart Open House. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Throughout February GoodLife Fitness has teamed up with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre to offer a 29-day Healthy Heart Challenge on Facebook. Canadians who sign up will receive cardiac stats, exercise tips and recipes. To join the discussion, use the hashtag #iheartexercise.
About GoodLife Fitness
Proudly Canadian since 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness club chain in Canada and the fourth largest overall in the world. With over 350 clubs from coast-to-coast, including GoodLife Fitness, Énergie Cardio, Fit4Less by GoodLife and ÉconoFitness Clubs, approximately 14,400 employees and more than 1.2 million Members, GoodLife is helping to transform the health and wellness of 1 in 30 Canadians every day.
About the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is the premier cardiac centre in Canada. Since it opened in 1997, the Centre has saved and improved the lives of cardiac and vascular patients from around the world. Each year, approximately 55,000 patients receive innovative and compassionate care from multidisciplinary teams in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and the Centre trains more cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and vascular surgeons than any other hospital in Canada. The Centre is based at the Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital - members of University Health Network. www.petermunkcardiaccentre.ca
Media Opportunity: Interviews with regional GoodLife Fitness experts about heart healthy exercises are available upon request. Visuals of people exercising, interviews inside a GoodLife Fitness club and infographics are also available.
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