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Government of Canada and Heart and Stroke Foundation take action on obesity
Date:3/8/2011

vity can literally be a lifesaver. Being physically active 150 minutes a week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more, can dramatically lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Regular activity also helps prevent and control risk factors for heart disease and stroke such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. Yet only 15% of Canadian adults accumulate 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity each week.

The studies will also look at the impact of improved access to healthy foods.

"Healthy eating is a key factor in preventing heart disease," says Bobbe Wood, HSFC CEO. "By limiting the availability of unhealthy food choices and promoting healthier food options at home and in communities, we can help improve the health of children and their families."

She says that availability of nutritious food in communities, and one's access to it, can help reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 30 percent.

Currently almost 50 per cent of Canadian adults and 37 per cent of Canadian children are either overweight or obese. Being obese increases the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, and cancer.

The research will be discussed at the Sharing Knowledge Building Links advancing Research, Policy and Practice on the Built Environment workshop, being held in Ottawa from March 7 to 9. Researchers, decision- and policy-makers, designers, and planners from across the country will explore solutions that will contribute to improvements in the well-being and sustainability of our communities.


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Contact: David Coulombe
mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
613-941-4563
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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