Brockville – Throughout Canada, Shopper’s Drug Mart has begun it’s month long Campaign “Growing Women’s Health”. Shopper’s communities across the country were encouraged to choose a local cause that would raise awareness on an issue related to women’s health. Our local Shoppers chose to raise awareness on women and heart disease.
In women over the age of 55 in Canada, heart disease is the number one cause of death.
Those coming into Shoppers over the next month can support the fundraising effort by purchasing a leaf for $1, a butterfly for $5, an apple for $10 or a bird for $50. 100% of the funds raised through this year’s campaign will go towards the Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program (BCP). The role of the BCP is to reduce the risk of future heart disease by providing education to patients after suffering a heart attack, having bypass surgery, stents or other interventions. Modifiable risk factors are identified and the BCP team then works towards reducing these risks through lifestyle intervention. This is accomplished through twice weekly exercise sessions, nutrition presentation with the dietitian, assistance with smoking cessation among other services.
The BCP receives no funding through any Government or hospital sources and relies solely on fundraising efforts such as the Shopper’s “Growing Women’s Health” Campaign.