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By: Barbara Kennedy, Executive Director of the Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada

50th Anniversary of Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada - WALK OF LIFE 2015 - A Multi - Generational Event

Why is it called the WALK OF LIFE?

WALKING and exercise-based cardiac-rehab programs are widely recommended as part of the continuum of cardiovascular care and the reason why the WALK OF LIFE was started.

What has been accomplished over the 50 years?

$6 Million was raised originally as the first campaign to build the indoor track and centre at the Toronto Rehab Institute, one of the first cardiac rehab programs and where the first WALK OF LIFE was started 31 years ago. This has grown into a National Campaign now supporting and giving grants to over 30 cardiac rehab centres each year across Canada raising over $ 1 Million annually with over 6,000 participants. To date, $12 Million has supported ‘prevention, education and cardiac rehab’ through patient and public awareness, professional lectures, public forums, procurement of medical equipment for cardiac rehab centres., and the administration and expansion of the Heart Wise Exercise program in the GTA through two Ontario Trillium grants. Over $30,000 in scholarships are awarded annually and the new Dr. Terry Kavanagh Heart Health Lab for research was set up at U of T this year.

When and Where does the WALK OF LIFE happen?

SATURDAY May 30th at the Ontario Science Centre and ET Seton Park (Sunnybrook Park)

What new ways will the 50th Anniversary be celebrated?

All WALK OF LIFE participants will be part of the virtual World Walking Tour and given a pedometer to record their steps. An app can be downloaded and steps uploaded from either the pedometer or your smart phone. The heart healthy goal is to do 10,000 steps daily.

What if one is not that tech savvy?

Just email or phone your steps into the office and they will be added to the total. The aim is to represent Canada, walking for cardiac health and rehab with not only GTA’s WALK OF LIFE steps, but also with all the 30 WALK OF LIFE from across the country that are part of the National Campaign. The goal is to log over 39,600,000 steps and cover 30,000 km. across Canada and around the globe.

What is FREE to all participants?

Pedometers, Red T-Shirts, Parking, Breakfast Snacks & Beverages, Live Entertainment by The Craig Ruhnke Band and Andy B. & Honey Bears, Ontario Science Centre Interactive Educational Exhibits for kids and parents, Medals for all the children, Prizes for the winning Runners, Bouncy Castles …and even a Heart Healthy BBQ lunch for all at the end !

How does one choose what event to do?

  • If you want a recreational WALK, do the 3 KM or 5 KM
  • If you’re a competitive runner, choose either the 5 KM or 10 KM RUN
  • The 1 KM WALK is geared to tots, strollers, wheelchairs, urban polers & some seniors
  • The Dance-A-Thon takes place right after the 1 KM WALK, so you can do the 1 KM and ALSO take part in the one hour long DANCE-A-THON, presented by ‘Kids-Move’, music- exercise-dance experts endorsed by Michelle Obama’s National Let’s Move Campaign
  • Hour long Chair Exercises to the music for the elderly are available while the little ones are dancing, is a totally unique addition to the WALK OF LIFE this year. ..making this year’s WALK OF LIFE a totally multi-generational event!

How do people register?

  • ONLINE Registration is www.walkoflife.ca. Register as an individual or join a team.
  • PRINT REGISTRATION form through the WALK OF LIFE Brochure (download from website). Either MAIL it in to the office or BRING it to the WALK OF LIFE in person.

    Adults: Two Options -

    1. Raise $100 in donations (tax receiptable & registration fee is waived)
    2. Early Bird Special use Online Discount Code: EB2015 and the registration FEE is
      $35 (non-receiptable & non-refundable) or,
      $40 Registration FEE AFTER May 1st (non-receiptable & non-refundable)

    Students & Seniors (65+): Two Options -

    1. Raise $50 in donations (tax receiptable & registration fee is waived)
    2. Early Bird Special use Online Discount Code: EB2015 and the registration FEE is
      $30 (non-receiptable & non-refundable) or
      $35 Registration FEE AFTER May 1st (non-receiptable & non-refundable)

    CHILDREN ages 14 & under REGISTRATION is FREE

    ** Some National Sponsors offer a discount code to their members – check with your group to obtain if applicable and follow the prompts online.

When does registration close?

ONLINE REGISTRATION closes on Friday May 29th at noon. After that, one can register in person on the day of the WALK OF LIFE between 8 and 9 am. Note: all participants must check in at the registration desks (even if online registration was already completed) to gain entry to the event.

Any other specials?

  • There are also fabulous individual incentive prizes for fundraising.
  • A special discount of over 50% off to explore the Ontario Science Centre right after the WALK at noon is available to all WALK OF LIFE participants. This offer is available by phoning the Cardiac Health Foundation office and buying tickets before May 20th. Imagine seeing the OSC for only $ 10 per adult and $5 per child, rather than the usual cost of $22 and $11! These special tickets can be picked up on the day of the WALK OF LIFE at the Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada booth.
  • Del Property Managed Condominiums are eligible to compete in the Del Condo Team Fundraising Challenges and win prizes.
  • Del Manor buses will be providing free transportation to the WALK for their residents and families. They will be dropped off in the outside event area to either sit in the chairs provided for the chair exercises or join in the 1 KM short WALK & urban poling.
  • Heart Wise Exercise Fundraising Challenge is available to the GTA Network

What is the fundraising goal?

raise $525,000 and have over 2,000 participants.

Who are the NATIONAL SPONSORS?

Tridel Corp, Rogers Communications, Bank Of Montreal, Bayer Aspirin, Great-West Life/London Life/Canada Life, The Printing House, The Brand Factory and Mikey Network.

Any other sponsors?

SPECIAL EVENT sponsors include: LIUNA Local 183, Amgen, Ozz Electric, Toro Aluminum, Travelers Canada, Dorsay Development, Urban Poling and Maple Lodge Farms.

Local Sponsors are: Drive Agency, Stephenson’s Rental Services, Marigolds and Onions, Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT, Turner Fleischer Architects, Sigmund Soudack & Associates, RBC Royal Bank, Cervini Painting & Decorating, AON Risk Services, Mr. Marble, Stikeman Elliott, Kirkor Architects, Litemode, LIUNA Ontario Provincial District Council, Midtown Audi, Heathwood Homes, Del Property Management, Del Condominium Life, Del Manor, Pool People Ltd., Cardiac Safe City, St. John Ambulance and The Running Room.

Which other charities are involved in the fundraising?

Several fundraising partnerships have been forged with cardiac health related charities this year including: University of Toronto in establishing the Dr. Terry Kavanagh Heart Health Lab for research; Cardiac Kids in support of Sick Kids Hospital; the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance; and the Mikey Network.

Anything else?

WALK OF LIFE is a great family get together with something for everyone of any age. An event uniting all to champion and celebrate cardiac health for life.

Cardiac Health Foundation Of Canada website: www.cardiachealth.ca or www.walkoflife.ca
Information: info@cardiachealth.ca or 416.730.8299


The articles, on the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada website, are presented with the understanding that the Foundation is providing information only and not rendering medical advice. Please check with your family physician, specialist or health care professional before implementing any of the ideas expressed in these articles.