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February is Heart Health Month and, as Minister of Health, I hope all Canadians will take this opportunity to take a good look at their lifestyle.
We make choices every day that affect our health. A heart-healthy lifestyle is one that includes regular physical activity, healthy eating and a healthy weight.
Nine of every 10 Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Those risk factors for heart attacks and stroke include: high blood pressure or high cholesterol; diabetes; smoking; stress; physical inactivity; poor nutrition; misuse of alcohol and being overweight or obese.
Because cardiovascular diseases are a significant threat to good health and a leading cause of death, the Government of Canada is taking action:
I would like to congratulate the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for increasing awareness about cardiovascular health and raise research funds during Heart Health Month. Throughout the year, the Government of Canada is dedicated to ensuring we learn how to take better care of our health, including our hearts.
Minister of Health
Government of Canada