Media advisory - Release of the Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan



    OTTAWA, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - On Tuesday February 24th, Dr. Eldon R.
Smith, Chair of the Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan Steering
Committee, will unveil Canada's first comprehensive Heart Health Strategy and
Action Plan. The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, federal Minister of Health, will
also participate in the event.

    
    Date:     Tuesday, February 24, 2009

    When:     8:00 a.m. - Breakfast and keynote speaker Dr. Eldon R. Smith
              9:15 a.m. - Press Conference

    Where:    Westin Hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive
              Breakfast - Confederation I Ballroom
              Press Conference - Provinces II Ballroom
              Ottawa, Ontario
    Who:

              Breakfast Participants
              - Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health
              - Dr. Eldon R. Smith, Chair - Canadian Heart Health Strategy
                and Action Plan Steering Committee
              - Dr. Wilbert Keon, Senator

              Press Conference Participants
              - Dr. Eldon R. Smith, Chair - Canadian Heart Health Strategy
                and Action Plan Steering Committee
              - Sally Brown, CEO - Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada
              - Dr. Lyall Higginson, Past President - Canadian Cardiovascular
                Society
              - Dr. David Butler Jones, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
              - Dr. Lori West, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory
                Health - Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Chair,
                Institute Advisory Board
              - Dr. Nancy Poirier, Member, Canadian Heart Health Strategy and
                Action Plan Steering Committee
    

    Background

    The Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan grew out of a 2005
Private Member's Bill in the House of Commons proposed by Member of Parliament
Steven Fletcher. In 2006, the Government of Canada announced $2.5 million in
funding for the development of the Strategy. The two-year process, led by a
29-member Steering Committee and with the assistance of over 100 experts,
included the review and analysis of existing research and review of best
practices. More than 1500 stakeholders from across Canada and internationally
were consulted including individuals from diverse fields including citizens,
health care providers, aboriginal leaders, and the business community.




For further information:

For further information: or to register for the conference call and/or
webcast (for reporters outside Ottawa), please contact: Marie-France
MacKinnon, Bluesky Strategy Group, (613) 241-3512 ext. 229, Cell: (613)
853-3940, marie.france@blueskystrategygroup.com; Lisa Crawford, Bluesky
Strategy Group, (613) 241-3512 x224, cell. (613) 218-2481,
lisa@blueskystrategygroup.com

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