February is Heart Month

By Michelle Durante, Program Manager, HeartCORE

February is national heart month, so what does this mean for you? This is the time of year to focus on the most important muscle in your body, your heart. Heart Niagara has been focused on improving the heart health of the Niagara community for 40 years. Heart disease is still one of the leading causes of death in North America; over 1.6 Canadians are currently living with heart disease. This means that many of you are currently living with heart disease or you know someone who is. It’s time for change. We need to take charge of our health and make positive heart healthy changes.

So, what’s the good news? It’s time to make a positive change! Many risk factors that are associated with heart disease are preventable. This means that you can make changes that can reduce your risk and improve your health. The three largest factors that impact your risk of developing heart disease include smoking, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating. We are determined to help you make positive healthy changes, so we have developed great programs to help.

Exercise has a great impact on our heart health. Those who are physically inactive have a much higher risk of developing heart disease. The good news is that this can change. By adding 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise you can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. How exactly does this happen? Exercise lowers blood pressure which reduces the strain on the heart, increases HDL cholesterol within the body, improves circulation and flexibility of the blood vessels, and can help in weight loss. By achieving the recommended amount of exercise you can substantially improve your health and wellbeing. Heart Niagara has developed a program called HeartCORE to help people be more physically active and exercise in a safe comfortable environment.

HeartCORE is a one-on-one training program to help those who want to improve their health and fitness. HeartCORE is furnished with the best and safest resistance training equipment. Our experienced coaches have worked with many people who have a variety of conditions that include heart disease, diabetes, sport injury, arthritis and more. The main goals of the program are to improve and maintain muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance, provide a safe, non-intimidating environment to exercise and improve the health and wellbeing of everyone we see.

HeartCORE is located at Heart Niagara. The address is 4635B Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  For more information call 905-358-5552 ext.109, email heartcore@heartniagara.org or visit www.heartniagara.org.

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