Come celebrate our 30th Anniversary with us. The Toronto WALK OF LIFE is unique in that it offers a choice of SIX different events for people of ALL ages to actively participate in and support the cause of prevention, education and cardiac rehabilitation.
Something for everyone - fun for the whole family. How many WALKS or RUNS amuse and engage the “under 5 year old crowd” with a special dance-a thon program for them and their parents and grandparents? And how many events feature an ‘After Party’ with special gourmet food vendors to tantalize your taste buds with heart healthy creations? NONE - except the WALK OF LIFE 2014 on Sunday May 25th at the Evergreen Brick Works ... Read More
Thank You ! Thank You ! WALK OF LIFE 2013 a great success ! We did it and beat our goal of $500,000 and raised over $515,000. Check out our video of WALK OF LIFE 2013 Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada highlights. Check out additional photos on Flickr.
2013 Walk Of Life Fundraising Winners
Blackberry Z10 phones donated from National Sponsor Rogers by Michelle Fotopoulos (far left) to Suza Hranilovic, Irving Buchbinder, Adam Sorrenti , with Barbara Kennedy Executive Director . Missing from photo is Silvio Longo.
Irving Buchbinder was the all time individual top donor, raising $13, 230 for the 2013 WALK OF LIFE.
Prestigious Bayer 150th Anniversary Award
Dr. Terry Kavanagh was recently honoured as one of twenty outstanding Canadians who have contributed to science and innovation for his work in cardiovascular health and rehabilitation with a special award commemorating Bayer’s 150th Anniversary. Pictured Leo DelZotto Cardiac Health Foundation President, Dr. Terry Kavanagh, and Christian Lauterbach, Pres & CEO of Bayer Inc.
Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada Current Projects & Achievements
Please watch this short video further highlighting the differences between women and men with respect to cardiac events.
Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada
The newly re-branded Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting cardiac rehabilitation and the advocacy of prevention and education across Canada.
Since 1965, $11 Million has been raised nationally for facilities, scholarships & research, patient & public awareness, professional education and medical equipment.
Walking & exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programs are widely recommended as part of the continuum of cardiovascular care and the reason WHY the National WALK OF LIFE campaign was started. more
Cardiac Rehab Facts
Initially designed to treat post heart attack & bypass patients, it now includes individuals with valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure and pacemakers, PCI, non-debilitating stroke/TIA , congenital heart disease, diabetes and or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Has become PROACTIVE with an emphasis to educate and treat those with risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, family history, smoking, obesity and inactivity to reduce the likelihood of a cardiac event.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is “the enhancement and maintenance of cardiovascular health through individualized programs designed to optimize physical, psychological, social, vocational, and emotional status. This process includes the facilitation and delivery of secondary prevention through heart hazard identification and modification in an effort to prevent disease progression and recurrence of cardiac events”
The Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada is pleased to announce a special two-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (an agency of the Government of Ontario) for $134,000 to launch “Heart Wise Exercise” in the greater Toronto area. This Project will build community capacity for physical activity suitable for individuals with cardiovascular disease and help individuals transition from short-term cardiac rehab programs to long-term sustainable community-based settings. Collaborative partners of this project include: the Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada; the Ottawa Heart Institute, Toronto Rehab Institute, YMCA of Greater Toronto, Toronto EMS & the Mikey Network.
The Trillium grant presentation was made on July 28th by Ontario Trillium Foundation OTF grant review team volunteer member Norm King and congratulations were given by the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.
Honorary Chair of the WALK OF LIFE - John Stanton – Founder of the Running Room & The Walking Room
We have a remarkable Honorary Chair for the WALK OF LIFE 2011 - John Stanton - the founder of the Running Room & the Walking Room. John is a best selling Canadian author of eight books on running and a true advocate of WALKING and RUNNING.
He has received many national awards for his promotion of cardiovascular health in Canadians and the prevention of risk factors that lead to cardiovascular disease. WALKING and exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programs are widely recommended as part of the continuum of cardiovascular care and the reason why the WALK OF LIfe was started 27 years ago.
Just as the WALK OF LIFE began with one WALK in Toronto and has expanded to over 40 centres nationally over the years, John Stanton's first Running Room began at one site out west and has expanded to over 100 locations across Canada and the United States. He has been featured as a guest on numerous television programs, newspapers across the country and served as the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Games Canada and is a member of the Order of Canada.