Find Information that's Right for Your Heart:
Dr. David Butler-Jones
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer
Hi. With Valentine’s Day happening this month, there’s bound to be dozens of hearts decorating your offices, homes, and favourite shopping spots. I hope that you each take this opportunity to be reminded of the importance in taking action to protect the health of our hearts.
Cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease and stroke, is a leading cause of death and represents a significant threat to our health. In Canada, nine out of ten people over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke.
There are many ways to protect yourself against cardiovascular disease. Even just a few small steps can make a big difference. Be physically active – try taking the stairs instead of the elevator while at work. Eat right – don’t skip meals and start your day with a healthy breakfast. Avoid smoking. And, manage your stress.
This year, try not to think about chocolate hearts alone, but rather, let it be a reminder to make even just a few small, yet effective changes that could have lifelong impacts on the health of your heart.