October is Health Literacy Month

Health literacy is defined as “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”

The Canadian Council on Learning reported that 60% of Canadian adults and 88% of Canadian seniors do not have adequate health literacy skills. These groups typically use more healthcare services, have higher mortality rates and use prescriptions inappropriately or unsafely.

Being health literate is essential when it comes to making the best decisions regarding your health. Not understanding health information presents obstacles when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Does visiting a gym or participating in physical fitness classes make you nervous or impatient?  Do you have a hard time communicating your concerns and questions?  Taking an active role in your or your health and fitness can help you get the best support possible in order to reach your goals.

Heart Niagara and HeartCORE strive to educate our clients.  Not only does HeartCORE provide personal coaching by certified staff, the facility also hosts regular informative workshops and daily physical fitness classes.

Program manager, Michelle Durante, (right) discusses fitness options with client, Eva. 

HeartCORE’s program manager, Michelle Durante, is a Certified Exercise Physiologist® who has experience in personal training, group training, health promotion and clinical exercise settings.  By working with her, you will improve your physical health literacy and begin a journey towards improved health and wellness.

HeartCORE is located inside of Heart Niagara.

HeartCORE is located inside 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.


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