Grey-Bruce Heart Health
Fall is always a great time of the year to reflect and review and I would like to take this opportunity to review what Grey-Bruce Heart Health is all about.
The goal of Grey-Bruce Heart Health is to assist the residents of Grey & Bruce counties to reduce their risk of heart disease, by promoting heart healthy lifestyle behaviours through education, advocacy and support.
To accomplish this ambitious and very worthwhile goal we must first educate our residents about who we are and what we do:
We are a group of agencies, organizations and individuals working together to improve heart health in our communities.
Then we must provide education about the potential risks of heart disease and its prevalence in our community:
Heart disease is the number one killer in Ontario. In Bruce & Grey counties the rate of death due to heart disease is even higher than the provincial average.
And finally, we must emphasize the impact healthy lifestyle behaviours can make on reducing our level of risk:
Research has told us that we can reduce our risk of heart disease by up to 50% by making healthy lifestyle choices, such as getting physically active, eating healthy foods and being smoke-free.
It takes people and dedication to support programs and make them work.
We need more volunteers who are willing to assist us to promote our message and support people as they strive to make positive lifestyle changes.
© If you or someone you know could benefit from becoming more physically active on a regular basis, call about our walking programs
© If you or someone you know wants to quit smoking, call for our self-help cessation information
If you or someone you know would benefit from a healthier diet, call us for information on low-fat cooking and healthy eating
Each day at least one, and sometimes two, Grey or Bruce residents die from heart disease or stroke.
Unhealthy lifestyles are responsible for half of all early deaths. This is a travesty. We can, however, work towards changing these statistics.
Let’s choose to reduce our risk and help others to do the same. We’re waiting for your call!
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
Are you ready to take charge and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke?
If you require more information or your worksite would like a lunch and learn session, call; 371-0083-- 881-1920 or 797-2010
The BEST Activity is the one YOU WILL DO!
ACTIVITY "TO DO" LIST
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Basic Lentil Soup
½ cup minced parsley
1 cup lentils, rinsed
2 carrots, chopped or sliced
½ cup sliced green onions
Cook for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Check seasonings and serve.
Serves 8 Per serving - 75 calories, 0.8g fat
ADAPTED FROM: MORE WITH LESS
Harvest Pumpkin Soup
1 tablespoon oil
2 cups chicken stock or broth
Heat oil in a large heavy pot. Add green pepper and onion. Sauté until vegetables are soft but not brown. Blend in flour and salt. Add chicken stock, pumpkin, milk, thyme, nutmeg, and parsley
(519) 376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456
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.