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AN EXERCISE IN HEART HEALTH

- New Heart Wise Exercise Program Comes to Area; Health Care Providers Can Find Out More about Program -

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) - A new exercise program geared to those living with a chronic health condition has arrived, and local health care providers can get a sneak peak on why it’s good medicine.

The Heart Wise Exercise Program works with community partners to develop programming, and designate facilities, programs and classes where individuals can exercise regularly to prevent or limit the effects of living with a chronic health condition. Research shows that regular physical activity is important to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

This fall, a number of fitness facilities and programs in Northumberland County have qualified for a Heart Wise Exercise designation. Newly designated facilities include: the Cobourg Community Centre, Municipality of Port Hope Town Park Recreation Centre and YMCA Northumberland. Other local facilities are in the process of getting the designation. The Cobourg Community Centre will also be delivering a new Heart Wise Exercise Class in January 2014 that will include both an education and exercise component for people with chronic diseases.

To promote and introduce the Heart Wise Exercise program to local health care providers, a Lunch and Learn event takes place on November 4 from noon to 1:30 pm at the Cobourg Community Centre (750 D’Arcy St.). The event is free, and no registration is required. For more information about the event, call the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit at (905) 885-9100, ext. 1488, or toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1488.

“The goal of the Lunch and Learn is to build awareness of the Heart Wise Exercise program so that local health care providers will feel comfortable referring or recommending patients or clients to any of the designated classes,” says Heather Grundy, a Health Promoter with the HKPR District Health Unit.

“Referring clients to a designated Heart Wise Exercise facility or program means that, as health care providers, we can be confident that we’re sending clients to safe classes and facilities,” adds Dr. Stacey Jennings, a physician with the Port Hope Community Health Centre.

Facilities and programs that receive a Heart Wise Exercise designation:

  • Encourage regular, daily aerobic exercise
  • Incorporate and encourage warm up, cool down plus self-monitoring during an exercise session
  • Guide participants to exercise at a safe level and have options to increase intensity
  • Accept participants living with cardiovascular and chronic disease and those at risk
  • Offer health screening
  • Have a documented emergency plan with phone access to 911, which is known by all exercise leaders who are all certified in CPR. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is also located on site.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Heather Grundy, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 1488.

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