DASCH sends important message to Manitobans heading into Heart Month

Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba forms important new partnership with DASCH to raise life-changing awareness and life-saving funds

WINNIPEG, January 25, 2017 – February is Heart Month in Canada. Everybody can make lifestyle changes to reduce personal risk for heart disease. Just ask DASCH.

“DASCH is excited about supporting Heart&Stroke and we invite you to join us in this cause. A healthy lifestyle is essential to everyone, and specifically to individuals with intellectual disabilities who are statistically more likely to experience heart disease,” says Karen Fonseth, CEO at DASCH. “At DASCH we’re committed to each individual’s health and we support people towards an active lifestyle that is maintained by nutrition and education.”

“At DASCH we’re committed to each individual’s health and we support people towards an active lifestyle that is maintained by nutrition and education.”

Among the ways DASCH is supporting cardiovascular health is through REPLAY! This program teaches daily healthy eating, provides opportunities to be physically active, and encourages weekly discussions, shared successes and goals are set. Further, by partnering with Heart&Stroke in Manitoba to support the Heart Month canvass, DASCH is taking action in the community to raise life-changing awareness and life-saving funds.

“This is a population of individuals who are tremendously affected by a deadly disease, and they’re stepping-up as leaders in their communities by supporting Heart&Stroke with its public education campaign and fundraising efforts this Heart Month,” says Cheryl Moser, Sr. Area Manager, Community Engagement, Heart&Stroke in Manitoba. “Although none of us can control the body we’re born with, everyone has the ability to manage personal risk. We can do this by making healthier food and beverage choices, engaging in physical activity, avoiding tobacco products, and reducing sedentary time each day.”

Every 7 minutes in Canada, a life is lost to heart disease or stroke. Volunteers and supporters of the Heart Month canvass are helping to change this statistic by sharing life-saving health information with family, friends and neighbours at the door while raising funds for 850 of Canada’s top researchers.

“Our call-to-action this Heart Month is to support the Heart&Stroke canvass,” says Fonseth. “It’s not too late to volunteer. Open your door to donate, learn more, and take steps each day to reduce your personal risk.”

 

About Heart&Stroke

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. A volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day. Volunteer for the Heart Month canvass, and l­­­earn how everybody can make lifestyle changes to improve cardiovascular health and reduce personal risk for heart attack and stroke: heartandstroke.ca/risk17

About DASCH

DASCH is devoted to providing meaningful residential, vocational and leisure programs within the community to persons with intellectual disabilities by addressing their individual, physical, emotional, social, and educational needs. https://www.dasch.mb.ca/

Media contact

Cheryl Moser, Sr. Area Manager, Community Engagement, Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba

Cheryl.Moser@heartandstroke.ca | 431-800-5020