More than 60 years ago, a visionary group of Canadians, including physicians and researchers, established the National Heart Foundation of Canada with big hopes for the future. They had a dream: to put heart health on the public agenda, to empower researchers to turn the tide on heart disease and to educate Canadians about their hearts.
A few facts…
- The death rate from heart disease and stroke has declined by more than 75 percent since the Foundation’s beginnings in 1952.
- There is still a lot to do: Heart disease and stroke remain a leading cause of death for Canadian men and women, and 9 in 10 have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke.
- Eighty percent of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable. Changing demographics make the issues even more urgent, with the aging of the baby boomers and a younger generation facing increasing risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
- The Foundation raises funds through the generosity of about two million donors across the country and by partnering with corporations to fund initiatives that improve the health of Canadians.
- The Foundation receives no operational funding from Government sources.
A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
— Tom Stoppard
We are God’s gift to each other. Like a
master composer, He brings all the
instruments together, each with a different
tone, each playing a different part, and He
makes it turn out so beautifully.
— Jack Canfield Quote