Monday 3 February 2014

February is Heart and Stroke Month

This is the time of year when the ads will be on television, the canvassers at the door .  It is Heart and Stroke month.   Every 7 minutes in Canada, someone dies from heart disease or stroke (Statistics Canada, 2011c).  

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has been in operation for more than 60 years now and is comprised of 140,000 volunteers and more than 600 full time employees.  While the death rate has declined nearly 75% in those 60 years, heart disease and stroke still remain as two of the three leading causes of death in Canada so there continues to be a need for awareness and research.  That is why the foundation works all year round with events such as the ones on this link.

We can donate to and support these events but also start to take charge of our own health.  Fighting heart disease can be done with proper nutrition and exercise. The library can help by providing books, ebooks, dvds, and pedometers.  

 Check out the Health and Wellness database on our home page.  The more we can learn about these two conditions the better equipped we are to prevent or treat them.   It’s so easy, just visit our website and browse our catalogue.  If you don’t have a library card register for one, it’s free!  There is a wealth of material waiting to help you keep your heart healthy.  

--Patricia Milner, Head of Reference Services

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