February is Heart Month

Comments 237 by Rebecca Bollwitt

February is Heart Month across Canada and through various campaigns and promotions the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon hopes to raise awareness about heart health. 

Two days ago, my 89 year old grandmother had a heart attack and we have been in and out of the hospital to visit her. My family is taking this very hard as she’s not only the matriarch whom even my childhood friends refer to as “Oma”, but we lost my Opa to a heart attack when I was a teenager. I was already planning on running a promotional campaign with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the events this week are even more reason for me to write about Hearth Month.

To find out if you are at risk, please download the free “My Heart&Stroke Health” application for your smart phone. It will take 8-10 minutes to fill out the survey and find out if you have any risk factors.

photo.PNG My Heart&Stoke App My Heart&Stoke App

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon website also provides recipes, fitness tips, and tools for healthy living. Things as simple a taking the stairs versus the elevator in your building can make a different when it comes to heart health. Please take the time to look through some of this information and consider donating to this cause. 

One of the many lifestyle choices that can help us reduce our risk is being physically active for that reason we have teamed for a contest offering up a hotel stay in Whistler, one of the most active communities around. You can take walks around the village, ski or snowboard, snowshoe, and hike in the summer months (which is one of my favourite activities).


The winner and a guest will enjoy a one night stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort in Whistler (approximate value $685) as well as two one-day EDGE cards for Whistler Blackcomb. March is Family Month in Whistler with a focus on active and healthy lifestyles.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post about how you maintain a healthy heart (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • I entered to win a free night at @FSWhistler & @WhistlerBlckcmb #EDGEcard from @Miss604 for #HeartMonth http://ow.ly/1s25p7

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Thursday, February 17, 2011. I sincerely thank you for considering this cause, and your own heart health.

    Update I jumbled up some scheduling while away in Africa so I will actually be keeping this contest open until February 19th – keep those helpful entries coming!

    Update The winner is Michael (@striverecruit) – congratulations!

    Fine print for the hotel contest: Subject to space availability, not redeemable for cash and may not be re-sold, subject to cancellation without notice if sold or otherwise auctioned, excludes applicable taxes and gratuity, not replaceable in case of loss. Please present the gift certificate upon check-in (no copies). Gift certificate is non-transferable to another Four Seasons Hotel or Resort. Open only to residents of BC & Yukon.

    237 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. MarianneThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 12:18pm PST

      I eat plenty of hearth-healthy fibre and fats like oatmeal, fruits & veggies, olive oil, flax seed, and walnuts 🙂

    2. vanessaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 12:21pm PST

      i eat lots of fruits & vegetables, and try to get up to the mountain on the weekend to ski 🙂

    3. RachelThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 12:26pm PST

      I do weekly cardio kickboxing

    4. AshleighThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 12:29pm PST

      Eat less salt! Try to use a minimal amount in cooking, and don’t put salt on the table.

    5. BethThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 12:45pm PST

      squash – love it!

    6. VeronicaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 12:54pm PST

      I eat a lot of salad nad low-fat food and walk for about 30 to 45 minutes a day.

    7. GideonThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:01pm PST

      I ski in the winter, bike in the summer and walk everywhere as often as I can.

    8. RobThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:01pm PST

      I walk, jog or run at least an hour a day. Get up from behind the computer once in a while!

    9. Stephanie IpThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:04pm PST

      I keep my heart healthy by LAUGHING a lot! 😀

    10. JeremyThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:09pm PST

      I am exercising regularly and eating a healthier diet!

    11. JenThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:10pm PST

      I walk a lot more (don’t have a car anymore!), go swimming and eating more greens in my diet. I hope your Oma feels better soon 🙂

    12. dmanThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:10pm PST

      get to whistler as offten as possible to get a good work out

      summer or winter


    13. SarahThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:13pm PST

      I maintain a healthy lifestyle by attending boot camp 3 days a week, and heading up to the local mountains or Whistler for snowboarding when ever I can! In the summer it’s all about riding my bike.

    14. KateThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:13pm PST

      I snowboard, go to the gym and eat a balanced diet. Hope your Oma gets better soon!

    15. EmilyThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:22pm PST

      I take every opportunity I can to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Walking & biking to and from work everyday elevates my heart rate to keep my heart happy and strong. I will continue to make the most of our beautiful city rain or shine, and it will continue to provide a healthy and proud feeling ‘me’.

    16. Teresa KThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:23pm PST

      I exercise.

    17. KodyThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:26pm PST

      I drink red wine and play hockey. 🙂

    18. CraigThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:28pm PST

      I make the most of Vancouver: Hike, bike, swim, snowboard, yoga and of course read the Miss 604 Blog.

    19. Madison NortonThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:30pm PST

      I try to eat as healthy a diet as I can, but I also excercise very regularly. Play and train for competitive rugby 3 days a week, and another 3 days a week I’m either riding the bike or lifting weights in the gym.

    20. BelindaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:32pm PST

      climb 8 flights of stairs to work instead of taking the elevator, eat at least 35 different types of food everyday and make sure i get a dose of laughter every day.

    21. AriThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:45pm PST

      I try to eat right and walk everywhere transit won’t take me.

    22. veronicaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 1:57pm PST

      I play ultimate frisbee! Best sport ever.

    23. AnneThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:04pm PST

      Bike to work (1.5 hours a day!)

    24. EmmaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:05pm PST

      I started running and weightlifting. I went skiing at Whistler for the first time last week, it was great fun and I’d love to go again.

    25. KatieThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:12pm PST

      Lots and lots of veggies, minimal salt, and cardio!

    26. AaronThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:13pm PST

      Squash, snowboarding, biking and a well balanced diet ! 🙂

    27. JessThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:14pm PST

      A healthy heart is achieved through balance. Laughter, red wine, running, yoga and fresh air. Have a life to keep yours strong.

    28. CrystalThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:17pm PST

      I cut out flour and bread whenever possible and make sure I have salads and vegetables for meals. My fiancee and I are also signing up for Tennis lessons!

    29. HeatherThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:20pm PST

      I love playing squash and look for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health Check on foods!

    30. BrendaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:32pm PST

      I walk every day with my dog & try to stay away from processed foods. I also work hard to fitting in my 5-7 servings of veg & fruit everyday. Thanks for the opportunity, I’d love to win!

    31. KileyThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:32pm PST

      I dance 3 days a week, I ski, and I go to the gym twice a week too. Lots of cardio!

    32. NocalThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:38pm PST

      Will ride.

    33. michelleThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 2:42pm PST

      Eating well and doing physical activity in the form of walking to work, pilates and yoga – my favourite ways of keeping a healthy body and heart

    34. brianne sheppardThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:03pm PST

      Just took the survery.. I have risk factors I never considered! Thank you! I eat well (most of the time!) and try to excercise at least 3 times a week or more…. plus regular check ups!

    35. vinceThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:03pm PST

      i play badminton every once a week for 4 hours straight with my friends. high school is tough but still gotta leave some time for some sports. XD


    36. auThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:09pm PST

      “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” that’s all i wanted to say, thanks.

    37. MartaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:25pm PST

      Yoga and red wine! Not simultaneously 😉

    38. MomokoThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:34pm PST

      I eat healthy, and ride my BIKE!

    39. DeeAnnThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:35pm PST

      Cardo at the gym, Special K cereal, fruit and veg, and red wine!!

    40. Linda NguyenThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:36pm PST

      i try to get physical exercise at least 60 mins a day

    41. JulieThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:37pm PST

      I am vegetarian, cut back on salt, and in the summer, do the grind twice a week!

    42. PhilThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:38pm PST

      Run, bike, ski, golf…. and keep the best-drinking to a minimum.

    43. Michael D (@striverecruit)Thursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:47pm PST

      My Dad suffered a heart attack in 2007 at 58. Fortunately, he survived. But since then my entire family has changed habits: Eating more fruits & vegetables, less salt, using olive oil instead of butter to cook and exercising regularly are key. My dad and I play squash twice a week, and I play soccer 3 times a week.

    44. ChristineThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:49pm PST

      Exercise an d healthy eating!

    45. shannonThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 3:58pm PST

      My parents both have high blood pressure and on both sides we have heart disease. A year ago I started running and now have my brother running as well!

    46. jeanieThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 4:03pm PST

      I try to do the Grind at least once a week when it’s open then either a walk on the seawall (West Van or Stanley Park) or a quick hike to Quarry Rock on those I-don’t-have-much-time days =)

    47. HeatherThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 4:03pm PST

      Try to eat lots of fruit and vegetables and exercise regularly…doing my best to keep my heart healthy!

    48. Serena H.Thursday, February 10th, 2011 — 4:04pm PST

      Us two carnivores actually cut out alot of the fatty meats we were guzzling down daily, and ended up adding alot more fruits and fibre to our diet.

    49. VeronicaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 4:10pm PST

      I bike to work most days… except when the weather doesn’t cooperate!

    50. RubyThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 4:17pm PST

      We eat less salt and use minimal amounts in our cooking. Use Becel instead of butter or use olive or grapeseed oils. I also use Transit to commute to work which means more walking.

    51. jocelyneThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 4:18pm PST

      I joined a gym last year and took up kickboxing!

    52. Katie PThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 4:34pm PST

      I feel my feelings instead of eating them. 🙂

      My dad had triple bypass surgery 9 years ago, so this cause hits home.

    53. JaseThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 4:42pm PST

      Eat healthy!

    54. SimonThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 5:03pm PST

      Yoga, soccer, snowboarding… love it!

    55. JessicaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 5:08pm PST

      I maintain my heart health through practising Vinyasa yoga, eating an anti-inflammatory diet (margarine is bad!), and drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day.

    56. LindsayThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 5:24pm PST

      I take advantage of this amazing city I live in. Walk the sea wall, ski on the mountains, and swim in the ocean.

    57. LoriThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 5:36pm PST

      I like to eat blueberries everyday for the antioxidants and walk our beautiful neighbourhood.

    58. DanThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 5:36pm PST

      Play hockey once a week for exercise

    59. DonThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 5:39pm PST

      I exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.

    60. MarinaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 5:45pm PST

      Eating vegan and keeping active. Does wonders for your health, and not just your heart!

    61. SaraThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 6:08pm PST

      Healthy eating and no meat!

    62. NatalieThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 6:18pm PST

      I am a vegetarian. I’m also trying to reduce my sodium intake but it is hard!!

    63. CarolThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 7:21pm PST

      I walk whenever possible.

    64. ScratchyThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 7:42pm PST

      I bike to work or walk.

    65. ACThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 7:48pm PST

      I recently overhauled my diet by cutting way back on meat. I eat more fish, veggies and whole grains now, and try to cut out the junk.

    66. ElaineThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 7:59pm PST

      I have a gym at work in which I try to use as much as possible.

    67. dennisThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 8:43pm PST

      I play sports (especially winter sports) and try to eat healthy. Keyword “try”. 🙂

    68. DarcieThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 8:44pm PST

      I have increased my veggie intake and have committed to working out at the gym 3 days a week. Prior to that.. I didn’t eat much veggies and never went to the gym.

    69. RoxyThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 8:46pm PST

      I eat a vegetarian diet and get exercise by biking and running.

    70. Nicole BThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 8:57pm PST

      My dad had a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery at the age of 48 which really motivated me to change my eating habits. I have reduced my sodium intake, eat only whole wheat or whole grain options (never white!), use only canola or olive oil when I cook, and eat more fruits & veggies. I’ve also joined a rec dodgeball league and I go to a bootcamp class once a week.
      Nobody thinks heart disease will affect them until you see it firsthand so take Heart Month as an opportunity to help that little pump out!

    71. MuckymooThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 8:58pm PST

      I meal plan and cook only healthy meals. (Nothing processed) I also go for a brisk daily walk with the dog and encourage my family to come along. I tweeted @muckymoo

    72. LauraThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 9:22pm PST

      I dance, laugh and drink red wine and try to hit the gym 4 times a week 🙂

    73. JenGThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 9:24pm PST

      I walk instead of driving, take the stairs instead of the elevator, garden & eat the fresh veggies I grow, and work out at the false creek community centre twice weekly 🙂

    74. taniaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 9:45pm PST

      Walk to pick the kids up from school.

    75. rinoThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 9:46pm PST

      I walk everywhere downtown.

    76. MonicaThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 9:54pm PST

      I eat oatmeal with flax seeds for breakfast and walk for 30 minutes daily.

    77. RSThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 11:24pm PST


    78. loriThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 11:34pm PST

      I eat porridge, sprinkled with ground flax seed and half a banana 5 days a week.

    79. darcyThursday, February 10th, 2011 — 11:34pm PST

      I walk 30 min’s and eat 3 fruits a day.

    80. JoanneFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 12:07am PST

      I like to go to the gym whenever I can, and I eat lots of veggies and fruits every day!

    81. A.J.Friday, February 11th, 2011 — 12:18am PST

      I keep the old ticker ticking by running when I can and avoiding as much of the artery clogging foods as my will power will let me!

    82. DonnaFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 12:29am PST

      I was very active but now have a health condition that limits what I can do. As a result I have gotten out of shape and my glucose and cholesterol levels have gone up -> candidate for heart disease :o( Improving what I eat has been a challenge to maintaining my already lean weight. (Hello people, eating healthy equals weight loss, plain and simple!!!) So, I have resolved to walking more this year and have even started taking the stairs instead of the elevator. 2011 is my year of change!

    83. RayFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 12:41am PST

      eat me lots of broccoli

    84. SixBalloonsFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 12:52am PST

      Learning to run 5k!

    85. TracyFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 12:53am PST

      running up and down the stairs!

    86. MitchFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 7:03am PST

      Bike to work 50 min each way plus gym workouts on days off. Eat less fat!

    87. Sandra SFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 8:31am PST

      I eat healthy and I stay active by running, biking, skiing and climbing. Sorry to hear about your grandma, I hope she is okay!!

      wasn’t sure if we are supposed to post a link to it for the extra entry, so I am just posting one comment to make sure

    88. TiffanyFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 8:46am PST

      I *TRY* to maintain a healthy heart by eating right, walking lots, and work myself through Bikrams.

    89. JuliaFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 8:46am PST

      My hubby and I eat oatmeal or yogurt with fruit like blueberries, etc. & granola for breakfast during the work week. We enjoy long walks along the seawall while sipping low-calorie coffee (my hubby) and herbal tea (me) on weekends! :o)

    90. BettyFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 9:09am PST

      i cook my own meals so i know what goes into my food and by exercising 3 times a week!

    91. HeidiFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 9:16am PST

      step class and eliptical trainer

    92. DebbieFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 9:59am PST

      First, let me say how sorry I am to hear about your grandmother. I lost my Mom to heart disease 6 years ago, she was 79. It hit me like a ton of bricks, and in hindsight, I can see why they call it the silent killer. Symptoms, especially in women can be so subtle – a sore neck, fatigue, nausea. My Mom was diagnosed with gas, when in fact she had a major cardiac event.
      So how did it change my life? No more smoking – that’s number 1, lower the cholesterol, get checked and know your numbers. Eat healthier, low fat, high fibre, cut out the sodium. Excersize – wear a pedometer in needed, and do those 10,000 steps a day. It just might save your life.

    93. EileenFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 10:26am PST

      Oatmeal junkie!

    94. Michelle.MFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 10:26am PST

      walk, jog and eat healty, and less time on PC….

    95. stephanieFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 10:39am PST

      staying active with my kids. I am trying to set a good example for them and keep them active.

    96. David DarlingFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 10:56am PST

      I quit smoking. 🙂

    97. Jen BFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 11:19am PST

      I have a personal trainer, so she makes sure I keep my heart healthy!

    98. ScottFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 11:51am PST

      I try to eat healthily and exercise lots! Sorry to read about your Oma.

    99. kevinFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 12:30pm PST

      I bike everyday for at least 30 min. Woot!

    100. gail whitworthFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 2:03pm PST


    101. AnnFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 2:12pm PST

      I exercise 3-4 times a week (yoga and gym), maintain a vegetarian diet and try to integrate raw food into my diet. And… I love snowboarding!!! 🙂

    102. RhiannFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 2:20pm PST

      Staying active is important since I sit at a desk all day at work. I try to do bikram yoga, run or attend gym classes as much as possible.

    103. BrendaFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 2:26pm PST

      Definitely exercise and lots of salad on the weekdays!

    104. JenFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 3:05pm PST

      Wishing your Oma well!

      We eat lots of vegetables of all different colours, and make a point of introducing our young kids to new fruits and veggies whenever we can.

    105. TaraFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 3:58pm PST

      I dance! Staying active through dancing is something that keeps my heart healthy, not to mention eating heart-friendly foods like veggies. I am particularly careful about staying away from foods with lots of trans fats, because word on the street is that those are the fats that block up your arteries.

      I hope your Oma gets better soon!

    106. heatherFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 4:22pm PST

      I used to be badly out of shape and then I started biking everywhere, the daily exercise and fun of being on bike has changed my life!

    107. NatalieFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 4:35pm PST

      I exercise and attempt to eat healthy 🙂

    108. MaryanneFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 4:47pm PST

      less meat and salt in my diet, lots of veggies and fibers!

    109. JimFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 4:56pm PST

      I try to keep stress to a minimum.

    110. JeanieFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 6:27pm PST

      I bike to work (trying to bike every day even throughout the winter).

    111. ClaireFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 7:29pm PST

      Zen attitude to avoid stress! and vitamin D for the lack of sun!!

    112. BrentFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 7:58pm PST

      Swimming 3x a week and eating healthy!

    113. ErinFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 8:44pm PST

      I walk to and from work daily as well as walking the dog. I’m trying to get into the gym too but with mixed success.

    114. BrendaFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 10:36pm PST

      I take dancefit classes!

    115. LoriFriday, February 11th, 2011 — 10:45pm PST

      I eat good-fat avocados!

    116. Steph :)Friday, February 11th, 2011 — 11:13pm PST


    117. GraceSaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 1:18am PST

      I maintain a healthy heart by eating a low fat diet!

    118. IanSaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 1:19am PST

      Simply by being athletic, and work at being athletic allows me to have a healthy heart!

    119. DilaraSaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 2:35am PST

      I play dodgeball and squash to stay active because I hate working out.

    120. ScilaSaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 9:12am PST

      I go to the gym 3x per week. Go for 15 min walks during my coffee break at work. Drinking more water 🙂

    121. MaggieSaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 10:30am PST

      Eat less salt and don’t indulge in shellfish.

    122. David GreerSaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 10:52am PST

      Tomorrow my wife Karalee and I, along with our oldest child Jocelyn (she is now 21 so not really a child any more) and our youngest son Allen, plan to go skiing at Whistler. Skiing is one of the many activities we do as a family to stay healthy.

    123. GarySaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 1:39pm PST

      Exercise on a regular basis … you have to exercise that heart like any other muscle!

    124. JanetSaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 3:59pm PST

      I go running and practice yoga!

    125. CaroleMSaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 6:08pm PST

      I have actually increased my physical activity recently – in order to keep my heart healthy!

    126. AretaSaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 6:45pm PST

      I jog with my dog!

    127. AngelaSaturday, February 12th, 2011 — 6:51pm PST

      I am doing the SunRun for the first time in 4 years after injury has put me on the shelf. I am also trying to inspire both my children into healthier lifestyles by assistant coaching my daughter’s softball team and by supporting my son while he out on the ice.

    128. TimSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 12:27pm PST

      I run, snowboard and ski, burns off stress, makes me feel alive.

    129. MaggieSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 12:33pm PST

      I keep my heart healthy by firstly engaging in lots of exercise! Living Vancouver makes being active really easy, and I love going to the gym, running, doing yoga, and trying out other activities like hiking and kayaking. In the winter I also love to snowboard and snowshoe!

    130. LindaSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 12:52pm PST

      We do our best to eat right. I would like to make regular exercise a priority though. And this contest is a good reminder and incentive to. 🙂

    131. RenfrewSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 1:08pm PST

      All the best to Oma.

    132. lindsaySunday, February 13th, 2011 — 2:04pm PST

      I hope your Oma is okay…my thoughts are with you guys.

      I try to keep within the healthy guidlines and try to be as active as possible.

    133. HSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 3:15pm PST

      Cycle three times a week to work.

    134. lizSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 3:15pm PST

      Sorry to hear about you grandmother,I hope she feels better soon.We try to walk 2-3 miles daily at the local track and our kids are currently fundraising for jump rope for heart feb 17th.This is a great cause and a fun activity

    135. RenéeSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 3:19pm PST

      I avoid fast food like it’s the plague, practice Bikram yoga as if my life depends on it (it does!) and snowboard as my religion. And I laugh – so much so that it’s a cardio workout. 🙂

    136. RenéeSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 3:19pm PST

      I avoid fast food like it’s the plague, practice Bikram yoga as if my life depends on it (it does!) and snowboard as my religion. And I laugh – so much so that it’s a cardio workout. 🙂

    137. JoyceSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 7:56pm PST

      I maintain a healthy heart by eating in moderation – not too much fatty foods. I also like to walk and transit to places so i get the exercise that we all need!

    138. LucieSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 8:40pm PST

      I try to make it a priority to exercise, especially yoga and cardio. I’m also eating healthy, which currently means no meat, no dairy, no fast food or processed food, no gluten and limited sugar.

    139. LindaSunday, February 13th, 2011 — 10:54pm PST

      I go the VGH Cardiac Program and am monitored to stay healthy and check my heart.

    140. SamiaMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 2:56am PST

      I drink lots of orange juice and eat a lot of salad dressed with just olive oil and lemon juice.

    141. ag.Monday, February 14th, 2011 — 8:13am PST

      I take the stairs and try to walk everywhere! On top of that, heading to the gym 4 – 5 times a week and getting out for hikes on the wekend it helping keep my heart healthy.

    142. JayMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:08am PST

      High Fibre!

    143. MLMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:11am PST

      Exercise….just enough, but not too much 🙂

    144. Tracey FlattesMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:11am PST

      Running around after my 3 year old ensures that my heart is always kept beating!

    145. Diana ChanMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:13am PST

      Exercise a lot!

    146. Megan AdamMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:13am PST

      I do 5-7 cardio workouts per week, eat a diet low in animal products (meat and dairy at a minimum), and making family time a priority in my busy life.

    147. KathrynMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:13am PST

      the mutts keep me active, rain or shine! (red wine too, of course!)

    148. TanisMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:14am PST

      I exercise and eat healthy! 🙂

    149. JewelsMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:15am PST

      An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

      My Nana, who was are matriarch and anchor of my family, passed away two weeks ago today at the age of 89, to more then likely heart failure and possible stroke. Although it was to be expected one day, the moment unexpectedly happened with no warning and no chance to have that one last moment. My thoughts and love is with you and your family today.

    150. JoshMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:16am PST

      I like to do some quadding and snowmobiling when I’m not working and I eat a lot of healthy foods.

    151. GregMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:16am PST

      Training for a triathlon is my current heart regimen.

    152. Tricia FallowsMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:16am PST

      To maintain a healthy heart I try to exercise and reduce cholesterol and fatty foods from my diet.

    153. ClaireMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:18am PST

      I do hot yoga and drinks lots of water!!!

    154. MarcMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:18am PST

      Exercise! Vancouver is our playground, so I get out and have fun everwhere I can. Ski, hike, bike, walk, run! If Vancity can’t motivate you to get outdoors then nothing can.

    155. EileenMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:20am PST

      I swim and go for walks.

    156. Dee JohnstonMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:23am PST

      For my family a healthy life style is almost a contest we do yoga, both my daughters play hockey, my husband runs daily, and we have a family gym membership. We prepare healthy meals as a family and discuss the balance of every meal…all food groups;-)

    157. AlexMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:24am PST

      Jogging and running after 2 toddlers!

    158. StephenMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:31am PST

      I plan healthy meals and activities for my wife and family, so we can support each other’s healthy hearts together!

    159. ashleeMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:33am PST

      We eat healthy (most of the time!). We also enjoy long walks with our dog, snowboarding and yoga. I work with post operative cardiac patients and see the value DAILY in eating healtrhy, staying active and knowing your family’s medical history and your risk factors.

    160. MaeMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:33am PST

      I ski in the winter season and dance the rest of the year.

    161. Stuart KerrMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:34am PST

      I get off the bus early and walk the rest of the way

    162. MashaMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:36am PST

      I live a vegan life style. Health issuses don’t exist.

    163. LindsayMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:37am PST

      Power-walking every day, snowboarding, riding my bmx. & eating heaps of veggies!!

    164. IngridMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:37am PST

      Excellent way for all of us to be reminded of how important our health and fitness is! we skied Whistler two weekends ago and what a great workout! and being a woman in her 40’s, I’m even more aware of heart health! Thanks Miss 604!

    165. Linda BilbenMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:44am PST

      A glass of red and a Mediteranian diet

    166. AdamMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:46am PST

      I ski all winter!

    167. LindsayMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:47am PST

      Eating healthy, snowboarding, bmx’ing and power walks every day!

    168. will cadellMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:51am PST

      i like running and skiing 🙂

    169. AmyMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 11:06am PST

      I exercise, walk whenever I can, limit my meat and dairy intake, and try to include plenty of vegetables and fruit in my diet. I also limit my stress levels – life is too short to worry.

    170. BeaMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 11:22am PST

      Walking several times a week, and going to the gym at least once…plus i LOVE veggies!

    171. PhyMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 11:28am PST

      I exercise, avoid smoking and try to eat healthy with vegetables and whole grains.

    172. Denise BrownMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 11:32am PST

      I would love to have staycation in my own town!

    173. NeginMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 11:33am PST

      I read food labels carefully and pay attention to the amount of sodium, drink a glass of red several times a week, and try to do 3 days of cardio at the gym per week.

    174. MaryMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 11:42am PST

      exercise and lots of greens for me

    175. BeckyMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 12:04pm PST

      Lots and lots of doggy walks on the sea wall!

    176. marthaMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 12:15pm PST

      no mcdonalds! 🙂

    177. MariskaMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 12:19pm PST

      I’ve been following your updates on your Oma this past week. My heart goes out to you. I lost my Opa a couple of years ago to a stroke and know very well the emotions you’re feeling. Hope she recovers soon and that you receive good news on your travels in Africa! Hugs!

      -As for maintaining my heart, lots of dog walks with Roxidoo and Bikrams yoga helps me keep ‘er pumpin!

    178. SarahMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 12:24pm PST

      I try to get at least 30 mins of physical activity in to every day. And I love to laugh!

    179. BrandeeMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 12:25pm PST

      I do yoga and have recently started a couple of different dance card fit classes. Plus, the usual trying to stay active( not hard with a little one) and eating well.

    180. ValerieMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 12:28pm PST

      I run and ski!

    181. Karen SMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 12:42pm PST

      I took a “Heart Smart” cooking class after my father suffered a stroke. I have been cooking using excellent substitution ingredients and loving the flavours and not missing any of the heavy fat laden products. I highly recommend taking advantage of such classes when offered through continuing education at your local schools.

    182. SandyMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 12:55pm PST

      While sipping on a glass of RED WINE (heart-healthy), we decided to CUT OUR STRESS LEVEL (heart-healthy) by moving to Nanaimo, Vancouver Island to be closer to the ocean and fresh air… Miles of beach combing and forest walks… We reduced our mortgage (LESS STRESS!) by purchasing a fix-er-upper (heart-healthy YARD WORK)in the Old City Neighbourhood. Now we grow our own organic health-hearty VEGIES. We love our new heart-healthy lifestyle!

    183. TiffanyMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 1:45pm PST

      I work out 3-4 times a week. I don’t smoke.

    184. Laura McNaughtMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 1:47pm PST

      To stay heart healthy I try to exercise several days a week. I hate running, so I dance and do yoga!

    185. SanazMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 3:42pm PST

      Yoga is my current way of keeping a healthy heart, getting rid of all of the day’s stress at the end of it.

    186. IzabelaMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 4:14pm PST

      4 times a week I do spin class

    187. MeghanMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 4:45pm PST

      I make home cooked meals at least 4x a week and schedule lots of play time with my baby.

    188. TracyMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 5:58pm PST

      I eat tons of fruits and veggies and I try to do some daily physical activity.

    189. DJ WilsonMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 8:09pm PST

      I eat lots of fruits and vegetables and cook from Heart Smart cookbooks.

    190. Donna LMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 8:52pm PST

      I try to incorporate walking as much as I can. It’s easy to make excuses, especially in the winter and rainy season, but strapping on a pedometer can kinda give you motivation!

    191. Tooth FairyMonday, February 14th, 2011 — 10:02pm PST

      Overall oral health is now believe to affect your heart ♥ health!
      I brush + floss and promote good oral hygiend ☺
      Your mouth is the gateway to your body!

    192. Sophie MTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 9:50am PST

      Hockey, running, biking and eating healthy

    193. XingTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 10:30am PST

      I bike to work and cook for myself.

    194. CarbinaGalTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 10:39am PST

      Eating health and trying new different activities, from spin, dance classes, yoga and positive attitude. Live life to the fullest

    195. Jenn HTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 11:49am PST

      hockey hockey hockey

    196. Heather BTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 12:06pm PST

      Walk to work and eat balanced meals!

    197. John MacLeodTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 12:26pm PST

      Walk when golfing frequently,eat natural foods , get a good nights sleep

    198. Julie NichollsTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 12:59pm PST

      I avoid processed foods and walk as much as I can.

    199. Heather LindsayTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 1:01pm PST

      walk everywhere! Be active. Love what you do, be inspired, gives you energy to be more active and adventurous. Travel and eat healthy the majority of the time!

    200. KristelTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 1:07pm PST

      Gym + spinach and other green leafy vegetables + oatmeal for breakfast + good wholesome relationships = happy heart!

    201. BrendaTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 2:02pm PST

      I try and make it to the gym 3-4 times a week.

    202. CliffTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 2:03pm PST

      Healthy diet and regular exercise.

    203. VanessaTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 9:47pm PST

      I keep fit and have fun! Whistler would be right up that alley.

    204. RennTuesday, February 15th, 2011 — 10:07pm PST

      I eat a healthy diet and go to the gym every week.

    205. LizWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 12:18am PST

      I try to eat healthy as much as possible and stay fit.

    206. oliverWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 12:55am PST

      hi. eating lots of veg.

    207. SpencerWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 8:18am PST

      You gotta run!

    208. ConnieWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 9:35am PST

      I’ve cut out meat from my diet.

    209. JenniferWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 9:51am PST

      I don’t eat meat, eat plenty of fruits and veggies, drink as much water as I can, and try to exercise as often as I can.

    210. BrianWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 10:12am PST

      Rollerblading around the seawall (gotta love Vancouver- must be one of the only cities left in the world where people still do this!)

    211. NicoleWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 2:50pm PST

      How do I take care of my heart? By eating healthy, walking/bussing instead of driving (helps that I don’t have a car to use anymore~!), and laughing everyday with good friends and family 🙂

    212. JanWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 3:59pm PST

      I can eat meat in moderation rather than dominating my plate.

    213. LindaWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 6:37pm PST

      I exercise and cut out sweets to maintain a healthy heart.

    214. AdamWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 6:38pm PST

      To have a healthy heart I avoid stress and eat small portions.

    215. MikeWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 6:40pm PST

      I love skiing – exercise regularly, eg. skiing at Whistler is ideal to have a fit heart and have fun too.

    216. VictoriaWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 8:33pm PST

      I do hot yoga everyday and try to consume as many healthy foods as possible throughout the day that are good for my heart as well as the rest of my body.

    217. KathyWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 8:37pm PST

      Lots of sleep,plenty of fruits and vegetables,yoga,and dance class

    218. EnnieWednesday, February 16th, 2011 — 9:37pm PST

      I eat lots of vegetables.

    219. shanThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 9:36am PST

      I always get off the bus at least one stop early and more if I can, I dance and I snowboard!

    220. AlisonThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 10:03am PST

      I make sure to have a healthy diet with all the food groups and no (well minimal) processed crap. Plus I work out!

    221. SaschaThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 10:08am PST

      Lots of yoga for a healthy heart; emotionally and physically.

    222. Stewart RogersThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 10:15am PST

      Most of my commute to work is walking and I play soccer on Mondays.

    223. JodieThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 10:18am PST

      My in’s and out’s are important to me and my heart:
      INdoors: yoga, tai chi, muay thai boxing, moderate weight-lifting, bit of cardio
      INside: I aim to ensure everything that goes into my body is as clean, ethically-sourced and environmentally friendly as possible. For my heart especially, I limit my red meat and when I do eat it, it’s from happy, grass-fed cows.

      OUTside: I aim to ensure everything that touches my body is clean as well.
      OUTdoors: getting fresh air and exercise in the form of hiking and climbing (my favourite) is, in my opinion, the best I can do for my heart!

      Combining this with the love I have in my heart, I think, helps me maintain a super healthy heart.

    224. MelodyThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 10:57am PST

      Stop Smoking! Instant benefits.

    225. TashaThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 10:57am PST

      I try to live a happy life, eat well but still indulge once in a while and try to do something “fit” 4 times a week whether that be dancing, going for a long walk, hot yoga, cross country skiing, grouse grinding, etc. I also try to do something new once a month, for example last month I went mountain tubing! Felt great to laugh and fly down a hill like when I was a kid!

    226. TashaThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 10:58am PST

      I try to live a happy life, eat well but still indulge once in a while and try to do something “fit” 4 times a week whether that be dancing, going for a long walk, hot yoga, cross country skiing, grouse grinding, etc. I also try to do something new once a month, for example last month I went mountain tubing! Felt great to laugh and fly down a hill like when I was a kid!!

    227. TashaThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 10:59am PST

      My email address was missing an S in my above comment this one has my correct email. oopsy 🙂

    228. AngelaThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 12:09pm PST

      I go to a gym and take Zumba classes!

    229. Heather LindsayThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 12:11pm PST

      Power walk in the rain!

    230. JennyThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 3:44pm PST

      I give myself lots of opportunities to walk each day by taking transit.

    231. ErinThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 3:53pm PST

      Quinoa – the superfood!

    232. BrittaThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 6:48pm PST

      running, swimming, ice skating, hiking… yay for all the vancouver activities!

    233. AllyThursday, February 17th, 2011 — 9:33pm PST

      God, fam, friends, yoga, laughter keeps my <3 healthy!!

    234. MichelleFriday, February 18th, 2011 — 7:43am PST

      I try to powerwalk after every meal

    235. Susilawati Feb. 18.2011.Friday, February 18th, 2011 — 4:08pm PST

      Not More Than 7 Grams Per 100 Grams of Fat in any food. Heart-Healthy Label Reading Does it for me!

    236. Michelle WilliamsonSaturday, February 19th, 2011 — 8:44am PST

      The YMCA downtown! 45 minutes of cardio exercise 4-5 times a week. Even if I watch the Food Network while I’m no the machine…….it doesn’t matter, right?

    237. LilySunday, February 20th, 2011 — 1:43pm PST

      Walking outside or yoga

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