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February is Heart Month

February is Heart Month

Every February the Heart and Stroke Foundation embarks on a fundraising and awareness campaign for heart health.

Heart disease and stroke cut lives short and can have a devastating impact on quality of life.

  • Heart disease and stroke claim a Canadian life every 7 minutes
  • Heart disease and stroke take the lives of more Canadian women than men, yet too many women still think of it as a "man's disease"
  • 9 out of 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke
  • Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years, affecting the future health of our children

With your help, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is working to change these alarming statistics. Thanks to the money you raise and donate, last year we were able to invest close to $34 million in life-saving research. More than 1,000 researchers were supported across Canada, which will lead to more medical breakthroughs, helping survivors recover faster and return home to their families sooner.

This year Dr Roberta Bondar was named the Honourary Chair of Heart month:


Heart and Stroke Foundation - History

More than 60 years ago, a visionary group of Canadians, including physicians and researchers, established the National Heart Foundation of Canada with big hopes for the future.

They had a dream: to put heart health on the public agenda, to empower researchers to turn the tide on heart disease, and to educate Canadians about their hearts. With the emergence of Ontario's Foundation in 1952 and British Columbia's three years later, a network soon began to develop across the country. In 1956, the Quebec and Saskatchewan Foundations were established. In 1961, the Foundation was renamed the Canadian Heart Foundation.

After decades of growth in influence and impact on the health of Canadians, the Heart and Stroke Foundation reached its latest milestone in 2011, when the national office and nine independent provincial bodies united to become one strong, national organization.

Today, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada is at work in communities from coast to coast, with:

130,000 volunteersclose to two million donors

Since 1956, the Foundation has raised and invested more than $1.3 billion in leading-edge heart disease and stroke research. These impressive results have been made possible by the ongoing and valuable efforts of volunteers and donors across this country.

Heart Month - History

The Heart Month campaign began in 1958 when the Foundation, led by Dr. Wilfred Bigelow, committed to raise $600,000 to fund heart research. In Ontario, volunteers in Hamilton, Kingston, Lakehead, London, Oakville, Oshawa, Peterborough and Port Hope launched a modest door-to-door campaign to raise a provincial goal of $250,000. By the end of the campaign, they had exceeded goal and raised $320,000.

In 1962, the canvass – named the “Heart Sunday Canvass” – was expanded to include additional cities. Canvassers consisted primarily of Air Cadet Squadrons, Ladies’ Auxiliary and Canadian Legion branches and medical students from the University of Toronto.

Today, the February Heart Month canvass is a national, community-based fundraising campaign. The success of this program depends on its 100,000 volunteers, who make friendly, personal requests to their neighbours and online networks. Volunteers canvass for donations through the month of February, to support life-saving research and raise awareness of heart disease and stroke within their communities.

Today, heart disease and stroke take one life every 7 minutes and 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor. Heart Month is the Heart and Stroke Foundation's key opportunity to reach millions of Canadians in February and alert them to the risks of heart disease and stroke. Volunteers are the face and the voice of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Heart Month is a critical time when we depend on you to share our message.


For more information on Heart Health visit: http://www.heartandstroke.on.ca/site/c.pvI3IeNWJwE/b.3581659/k.C17E/Health_Information.htm 

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