The Beat
Grey-Bruce Heart Health News
October 1999

Grey-Bruce Heart Health
by Susan Shular, Heart Health Co-ordinator

Grey-Bruce Heart Health by Susan Shular, Heart Health Co-ordinator

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!

call us
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

HeartSmart Women
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!

At Home

At work:

At Play:

Along the Way:

is on the move again

Stay tuned to find out which school travels the farthest distance around the world this year!

Another very successful Heart Health Challenge the Pro's was held June 26th at the C.A.W. Family Education Centre in Port Elgin. Over 35 elite and local athletes instructed and entertained a record number of participants. The sun shone upon the event and was the crowning touch to a day of fun, sport, activity, and learning.

Grey-Bruce Heart Health and the planning committee for Challenge the Pro's '99 would like to extend a special Thank-you to the following athletes who so generously volunteered their time for this year's event. The day would not have been possible without you.

Patty Bowman
Megan Shevalier
Earl Frankum
John Craig
Any Knott
Rob Brignell
Casey Smutylo and the Owen Sound

Special Olympic Athletes
Tibor's Old-Timers
Heidi Musters
Teegan Docherty
Tracy Heathers
Michelle Vandervaart
Lisanne Desbiens
Adam Mitchell
Dianne Trask
Tracy Palinski
Chris Minard,
Bill Spielmacher
Erin Veenstra
Heather Stephens
Ed Hall
Barbara Boldt-MacPherson
Jimmie Georgas
Karla Mika
Dawn Williams
Adele Armstrong
Peter Braul

We would also like to extend a very heart felt thank-you to the following community sponsors:
Bruce Municipal Telephone system
Ontario Power Generation
C.A.W. Family Education Centre
Canadian Tire
Burke's Food Market
G.W. Signs,
Square Deal Neil's,
Vincent Jewellers,
Frames by Deb,
Fitness Corner,
Huron Shores Gymnastics,
Lakeshore Recreation,
Sheeler's Independent Grocers, Beacon Times,
Shoreline News
Klik-It Photo,
Port Elgin Rotary Club,
Saugeen Shores Rec Department
Wild Flavour
Woodward's Custom Picture Frames,
Starz Plus
Vinyl by Design
Presto Crest,
Make Hay Communications
#1 Apparel
Stone Tree
The Family "Y"
Austin Graphics
Weston Bakery
Thank-you to every one who helped make the day such a great success!
Plans are already underway for next year. Mark June 24th on your calendar and …
See you there!

Basic Lentil Soup
Try this delicious recipe, you'll be surprised at how easy it is to make!

Combine in pot:
½ cup minced parsley
1 cup lentils, rinsed

1 tsp margarine
6 cups water
1½ tsp dried oregano
Dash of pepper

2 carrots, chopped or sliced
½ cup sliced green onions

1 clove garlic, crushed
1½ cups of tomato juice

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer just until carrots are tender.
Cook for 30 minutes or until lentils are tender.
Check seasonings and serve.

Serves 8 Per serving - 75 calories, 0.8g fat

Harvest Pumpkin Soup

1 tablespoon oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups chicken stock or broth
2 cups milk
¼ cup chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons flour

2 cups chicken stock or broth
2 cups pumpkin pureé
1/8 teaspoon thyme¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon chopped parsley
Option: Add 1 cup of cooked tomatoes

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

Cook, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened.
Serving Size 8 servings 3/4 cup
Per serving: Fat 1.5 g
Nutrition Promotion

(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.

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.