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Grey-Bruce Heart Health News
February 2000

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:

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:

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.
® participaction

Be Menoopositive

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
Tickets $5.00

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

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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