Grey-Bruce Heart Health News
Grey-Bruce Heart Health
by Susan Shular, Heart Health Co-ordinator
Put your heart into it! It feels great.
We've known for a while now that Bruce County's death rate due to ischaemic heart disease, is a disturbing 37% higher than the Ontario average. Grey County's is 20% higher. In more personal terms this means that on average we lose at least one and often two, residents of Grey-Bruce each day to death due to heart related disease.
Now we also know that this translates to a whopping 26 million dollars spent in Grey & Bruce in a two year period (1996-1998) to treat heart related diseases.
The only way we can lower these alarming numbers is by putting more energy and resources into preventing heart disease. Just like the old saying "a stitch in time saves nine", every dollar and every effort we put towards prevention now, will save us ten tomorrow. And where do we start to look towards tomorrow with our children? We need to look at the lifelong habits they are developing today and how we can influence them to make good, healthy choices.
One of the best ways to do this is to lead by example:
- Enjoy daily physical activity
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Lobby against smoking in public places
- Manage stress appropriately
I'm not saying it's easy, simple, or effortless. It is however, essential. We need to stop putting off until tomorrow what we must do today. We aren't talking about expensive, complicated solutions.
- A little increase in knowledge and awareness (find out about how to get help to quit smoking, the benefits of smoke-free living)
- A little increase in effort and time (try out the trails in your area, discover the activity that you will do)
- A little more emphasis on caring about tomorrow (make lifestyle changes today that will increase your changes of being heart healthy for life)
These are the things that can help us to decrease the death rate and decrease the excessive spending. Just think - we will even feel better for it!!!!!
Grey-Bruce Heart Health
If you would like to volunteer, get more information or be on our mailing list, please contact the Grey-Bruce Heart Health Co-ordinator:
c/o Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Health Unit
920 First Avenue West Owen Sound ON N4K 2K5
Phone: (519) 376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456
Fax: (519) 376-1287
Stepping towards better eating habits
…in the Workplace
One person's path to healthy eating may lead nowhere for others. That's because the way in which people make major lifestyle changes vary widely according to gender and readiness for change.
Grey-Bruce Heart Health, in conjunction with the Bruce-Grey-Owen-Sound Health Unit is offering a new self-help program for healthy adults who want to reduce dietary fat intake. It's based on the "stages of change" behavior theory, which recognizes that successful lifestyle changes can occur only when people reach certain stages of awareness and readiness. Food Steps consists of four booklets, used independently and at each person's own pace. Food Steps is currently being offered to work sites for employee use. If you would like to offer Food Steps to employees in your workplace, or would like more information, call Susan Miller, Public Health Nurse, at 376-9420, extension 243, or call toll-free, 1-800-263-3456.
National Trails Conference June 1-4, 2000
Owen Sound, Ontario
"Communities Connecting" is the theme for this 1st annual nation-wide forum being held in Owen Sound. One of the highlights will be the unveiling of the new trail master plan for Grey and Bruce Counties. It will be an opportunity to see who's connecting with whom, and how, all over America.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-313-3306.
May 12 - June 21, 2000
Mark Your Calendars for the 8th Annual Grey-Bruce Heart Health
Challenge the Pro's
Saturday, June 24th 2000 @ CAW Centre in Port Elgin
A great opportunity to try new activities,
learn about Heart Health and just
Let's get active. A little goes a long way.
GREAT FOOD FAST
By Lynda Bunstead, RD, Public Health Dietitian
Did you know? Taste remains the number one reason why consumers choose a particular food. It seems we want meals that are simple yet bursting with bold and identifiable flavours.
In supermarkets throughout Grey and Bruce counties ingredients from around the world are showing up on the shelves. This means you can try a Mediterranean meal one night followed by an Asian delight the next -- but we want to do it fast! A national Canadian study recently found that compared to 2 years ago, twice as many of us frequently or very frequently feel time constrained.
So, dashboard dining, eating on the go, "speed feeding" are ways that we are dealing with the challenge of eating well while constantly on the go! Here are a few time saving ideas:
- Heat your favourite tomato sauce and add chopped vegetables, minced clams or cooked shrimp for an instant seafood pasta sauce.
- Cook extra rice or noodles. Add the leftovers to soup or use them in a casserole, salad, stir fry or fried rice for tomorrow night's dinner.
- Freeze chopped onion and green pepper for quick additions to recipes.
If you would like more ideas on how to get healthy, great tasting meals on the table in less than 45 minutes visit Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month website www.dietitian.ca.
Enjoy healthy eating. Colour your plate with vegetables and fruit.
Results are in for the 6th annual The Beat Goes On Awards
Once again the nominations received for the Beat Goes On Awards were outstanding.
Judges agree that deciding amongst those nominated was "tough." If these nominations are any indication, there is a tremendous effort being put forth in our community to provide our students, teachers, work force and general public the opportunity to live, work and play in heart healthy environments. This years’ winners are:
- In the work site categoryTranscontinental RBW Graphics (Owen Sound)
- In the school categorySt. Edmonds Public School (Tobermory)
- In the individual category
Paul Martin, Principal of Mother Teresa School (Walkerton)
Each of these winners has been exemplary in the changes they have made towards heart healthy lifestyle choices. Many lives have been influenced by these changes and many more will be influenced over time.
The Grey-Bruce Heat Health coalition would like to thank every one who sent in a nomination. We realize there are many, many more outstanding efforts being made in our communities and we commend each of you. We urge you to continue to PUT YOUR HEART INTO IT! IT FEELS GREAT.
Rainbow Fun, A Physical Activity Program for Young Children
Public Health Nurses have recently been introducing Rainbow Fun to Daycare staff in Bruce & Grey Counties. This adult-led program requires no special planning or equipment. The rainbow coloured binder is easy to follow and activities are clearly explained. The six sections, one for each colour of the rainbow, provide a complete physical workout: warm up and stretching, heart and lung workout, muscle strength, balance and co-ordination, cool down and stretching and relaxation.
Today 60% of Canadian children do not meet fitness standards for their age. Childhood obesity rates have doubled in the past ten years. There are serious concerns for childrens' lifelong health. Regular physical activity enables children to maintain a healthy weight, helps prevent heart, bone and other diseases, and enhances self-esteem, social skills and academic performance.
Adults who care for young children determine how often children are physically active. This program was developed to make it easy and fun for adults to include physical activity as a regular part of childrens' days. For more information call your nearest Public Health office. To borrow this resource, contact your local library.
Life is short. Get an e x t e n s i o n
Live longer with daily physical activity, healthy eating and following your doctor's advice.
information evening on the topic menopause
Presented by Lawrence Komer MD, FRC
and Joan Komer BA, B.Ed.
Wednesday April 26, 2000
7:00 to 9:30p.m.
Meaford Community Centre
Available at pharmacies in Thornbury, Meaford and Collingwood or the Heart and Stroke Foundation office in Owen Sound 946-3rd Avenue East "Carney's Lane."
For information call 371-0083 or 1-888-709-1393
Some Ideas for Healthy Snacks for Children
vegetable sticks with cottage cheese dip
crackers or breadsticks topped with cheese, peanut butter or hummus
trails mix, nuts, or roasted soy nuts or chickpeas
peanut butter and banana rolled in a soft tortilla
yogurt mixed with plain cereal
tuna mixed with ricotta cheese used as a spread or dip with vegetables or crackers
Breathe clean. Live to be smoke-free.Grey-Bruce Heart Health Partners include the following: Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Health Unit, Bluewater District School Board, Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Cancer Society Bluewater Unit, Owen Sound Family "Y", Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Lake Huron Zone Recreationists Association, Grey-Bruce Health Services, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, The Lung Association, South East Grey Community Outreach, Grey-Bruce Food Security Network, Market Grey-Bruce, Community Coalition for Prevention of Falls in Older Adults, Grey Bruce Council on Smoking and Health, Saugeen Shores Community Services, Grey-Bruce Nutrition Committee. If you would like more information on Grey-Bruce Heart Health, contact Susan Shular, Heart Health Coordinator at 1-800-263-3456 or 376-9420.
Funding for Heart Health initiatives is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and is matched dollar for dollar by in-kind contributions from the Board of Health and from the project partners.
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