Return of cyclists this afternoon to Novartis headquarters
in Dorval is culmination of the Novartis Global "Be Healthy" program.
DORVAL, QC, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Today's return of the team of
42 cyclists from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. at the end of
their seventh annual "Ride for the Cure" from Toronto to Montreal will
not just be a culmination of the fundraising event for breast cancer
research, but also a celebration of good health - by all Novartis
employees as well as by breast cancer survivors who will be the guests
The Novartis cyclists have been on the road since they left Toronto
Saturday morning and, after overnight stops in Cobourg, Kingston and
Cornwall, they will complete their 600-km journey this afternoon at the
Novartis Canadian headquarters in Dorval. Their fundraising efforts
this year will bring to almost $700,000 the total amount raised since
2005 by the event for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and its
"Run for the Cure" campaign.
The celebration of their return will also be the culmination of a Be
Healthy Celebration Week from September 19th through the 23rd, at Novartis that has been encouraging all employees to take charge of
their health and to maintain healthy habits. This is part of a global
initiative that brings together Novartis Group Company associates
across 32 countries.
One of the breast cancer survivors who will speak at today's event is
Novartis employee Karen Chow. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in
2004 and, after two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, in June of
this year celebrated six years of being cancer free and has become a
volunteer "coach" to other women on the breast cancer journey.
"The unknown factors of the treatment - the future, the outcome - was
what caused an incredible amount of stress, not only for me but perhaps
even more so for my family," she remembers. "Even though when I
regained health and went back to work the hectic pace of life quickly
resumed, my perspective on how to live life has changed. Every year, my
husband and I ensure we have a 'Celebrate Life' party with people close
Other breast cancer survivors being recognized at the event will be
Louise Bourdage, a former employee of Novartis and mother of current
employee Pierre Bourdage, as well as Adonna Greaves, a Montreal
crossfit and personal training center owner who partners with Novartis
to provide fitness services to employees.
"We are all very proud of the efforts of the Ride for the Cure team to
demonstrate the Novartis commitment to patients and to our community,"
said Dr. Riad Sherif B.,
President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. "They are a wonderful
example to all our associates, and to everyone, of the importance of
maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as contributing to worthy
causes that help our communities."
As part of the ceremony, a cheque representing this year's proceeds will
be presented to the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. "We congratulate
everyone at Novartis involved with the Ride for the Cure for their
commitment to this very successful fundraising event over the past
seven years," said Nathalie Le Prohon, chair of the Foundation's board.
"It makes a real difference in helping us in our efforts to understand
and overcome breast cancer."
The Novartis Be Healthy Program
The Novartis Be Healthy program offers many opportunities to help
associates take control of their personal health. This includes
providing information, activities and tips to promote health and help
prevent future health issues.
The program focuses on one of Be Healthy's four pillars: "Move,"
promoting more physical activity and less sedentary behaviour; "Choose"
healthy foods and eat appropriately to keep in top shape; "Know" facts
and numbers about your health status so that you can take control of
your health; and "Manage," meaning take charge of your health and
provide support for fellow associates with disabilities or illnesses to
help them maintain or regain their ability to perform at home and at
The Be Healthy programs included a variety of activities, such as
on-site screening clinics, physical fitness activities, a new healthy
labeling system in the cafeteria and much more.
Novartis is focusing on prevention programs in Be Healthy because
statistics from the World Economic Forum show that workplace health
and well-being programs addressing lifestyle changes can help prevent
up to 40 per cent of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular
disease, cancer and lung disorders.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., a leader in the healthcare field,
is committed to the discovery, development and marketing of innovative
products to improve the well-being of all Canadians. In 2010, the
Company invested close to $100 million in research and development. As
a long-time sponsor of the annual CIBC Run for the Cure, Novartis
Canada has made a commitment to breast cancer research as well as
supporting physician and patient awareness. Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Canada Inc. employs more than 600 people in Canada. It was named for
the seventh time as one of the "50 Best Employers in Canada" in 2011.
For further information, please consult www.novartis.ca.
SOURCE NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CANADA INC.
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