Expert Alert - Taking Valentine's Day to Heart - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) experts are available to comment

    OTTAWA, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Valentine's day is quickly approaching!
Whether we are spending time with a special someone or going solo, this
occasion is also a day to reflect on the need to maintain our health. In the
context of February's "Heart Health" month, it is a good time to take stock of
our physical and mental health.
    CIHR experts are available to offer advice and information on how to make
Valentine's Day healthier.


    Treat yourself to a glass of red wine on Valentine's Day; it may slow
    down the aging process and age-related diseases!
    Dr. Karim Mekhail, CIHR-funded researcher at Harvard University

    Can men indulge in more Valentine's Day treats than women? How the two
    sexes handle fat and cholesterol differently
    Dr. Luis B. Agellon, CIHR-funded researcher at McGill University

    The importance of social support in homosexual relationships and the
    impact on mental and physical well-being
    Dr. Karen Lyndsay Blair, CIHR-funded researcher at Acadia University
    (Nova Scotia).

    Too many Valentine's Day sweets? Adopt a healthy diet that suits you!
    Dr. Sophie Desroches, CIHR-funded researcher at l'Hôpital Saint-François
    d'Assise (Québec).

    A change of season; a change of heart?  The impact of the season on
    thoughts, moods and behaviour

    Ms. Fern Erin Jaspers-Fayer, CIHR-funded researcher at Simon Fraser
    University (Burnaby).

    Absence makes the heart grow stronger: Avoid those Valentine's Day
    candies to maintain a healthy heart!
    Drs. Sonia Savitri Anand, Richard C. Austin, Arya Mitra Sharma, Bernardo
    Trigatti, Jeffrey I. Weitz, Salim Yusuf, CIHR-funded researchers at the
    Hamilton General Hospital (Hamilton).

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more
effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to nearly 12,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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