New national program will help fight major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, according to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

    OTTAWA, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadians took a step closer to better
heart health today with the relaunch of ParticipACTION, according to the Heart
and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC).
    "More than half of Canadians are considered physically inactive, which
increases their risk of heart disease and stroke," said Sally Brown, CEO of
the HSFC. "We welcome this national effort to inspire and support Canadians to
move more. ParticipACTION is an iconic Canadian brand that many will recognize
and hopefully respond to."
    Awareness, education, support, and healthy policies are all critical to
helping Canadians develop healthier lifestyles, according to Ms. Brown. "We're
pleased to note that ParticipACTION will be addressing these issues, and we
look forward to working with them to get all Canadians on the road to better
    According to the Foundation, Canadians should be active 30 to 60 minutes
a day, most days of the week. More information on healthy living and physical
activity is available at

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the
advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living,
and advocacy.

For further information:

For further information: Sally Brown is available for interviews and
comment - please contact: Jane-Diane Fraser, Heart and Stroke Foundation of
Canada, (613) 569-4361, ext 273,

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