A new link has been added to the website that you may find very interesting and informative. Dr. Lear is the Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research at St. Paul’s Hospital and a Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. Importantly Scott like our peer group members is living with heart disease. He has compiled a lot of research on how to Feel Healthy and there are many helpful ideas you may wish to consider.
Here is a direct link to his website and you can always return to it by clicking on the link in the helpful links section of our website.
One day to go. Our guest speaker Marissa Laughlin RHN will guide us through some important insights with respect to nutrition’s impact on cardiovascular health. Marissa is a holistic nutritionist in partnership with Jo Anne’s Place Health Foods. Marissa believes that simplicity and consistency are essential to reaching optimal health. As a nutritionist, Marissa focuses on helping you implement a daily routine to cultivate long term habits, allowing you to progress on your wellness journey to optimal health.
For those attending live, Covid protocols are in place and you must present proof of full vaccination upon entry to the Wellness Center. Please bring your mask to the meeting. If you are attending by Zoom you will receive an e-mail with the link. “See you” tomorrow.
The chart below summarizes the results of the survey conducted at our September meeting. There were 28 people who completed the survey. Areas with the longest blue bars have the greatest appeal to the majority of folks. The top three are having medical experts as guest speakers (example cardiologist), programming around exercise and activity and programs around heart healthy nutrition. These results have helped to form our thinking around this year calendar of activity.
A fourth area with high scores is the concept of walking groups. This really needs some input from people. Expect to see an e-mail from Phil Adams. He will be asking you for your ideas.
Our guest speaker Marissa Laughlin RHN will guide us through some important insights with respect to nutrition’s impact on cardiovascular health. She will present clinical evidence around various nutrients supportive role in cardiovascular health as well as those that contribute to disease. This goes way beyond reading food labels and is a must attend for those curious to unlock the power of nutrition.
Covid protocols are in place and you must present proof of full vaccination upon entry to the Wellness Center. Please bring your mask to the meeting and RSVP below as we must plan the use of space. If you would find attending by Zoom more convenient, RSVP No and I will follow up with you by e-mail.
You have a friend or relative willing to be interviewed on reluctance to start rehab or complete it.
I was contacted directly by a PHD candidate from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix Arizona. Her name is Mary Wood and she is writing a thesis on overcoming barriers females face that keep them from starting rehab or completing it. She is asking us to refer friends or relatives that would be willing to discuss this with her. This is an important project and if it helps to improve rehab commencement and graduation in the future it will be well worth it.
Mary is well aware that our group are all graduates but if we know someone we might refer to the study have them contact Mary at email@example.com
Check out the two new links added to our website that deal specifically with Women’s heart health. Go to the website and click on these helpful links. Some of you may have explored these already. For the gentlemen in our group you may want to share these with your spouse.
For those of you looking for an ongoing connection with an Exercise Therapist, easily accessible education modules and ongoing informative information you should seriously consider joining the Next Steps Alumni Program offered by the Central East LHIN Cardiac Rehab Team. Think of this as a continuance of your rehab program, an additional tool to help you stay on track with your heart healthy lifestyle.
The video below is a Utube presentation on the program. I strongly encourage you to register. We will be working in tandem with Next Steps, combining local programming from our peer group with the capabilities of the wider Next Steps regional program.
Stay tuned for more information on our evolving relationship with the Central East LHIN program.
I always thought “staying fit and healthy” would turn out to be a real plus in avoiding more serious outcomes from Covid-19 if you caught it. Turns out physical inactivity is strongly associated with more severe Covid infection and a heightened risk of dying from the disease. This information is found in a large US study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The article can be found at the link below, along with ideas for staying active in just 22 minutes a day.