Pictured (l-r): Travis Coughlin, Kinesiologist, Cardiac Rehab Program, Brockville General Hospital; Brenda Gallant, Assistant Front Store Manager, 1000 Islands Shoppers Drug Mart and Helen Ostap, RN Cardiac Rehab Program, Brockville General Hospital. – Submitted Photo
Brockville – Throughout Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart will begin its month long LOVE YOU fall program to put women’s health first on October 5th, 2019.
Shoppers Drug Mart stores in communities across the country were encouraged to choose a local cause that would raise awareness on an issue related to women’s health. Brockville & Prescott Shoppers Drug Mart locations chose to support Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Program 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. Optional: The issue, as highlighted in recent Heart and Stroke Foundation research, is that only 19% of Canadian women recognize cardiovascular disease to be the #1 threat to their health.
Those coming into Shoppers Drug Mart 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 campaign will go towards Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehab Program.
The role of the Cardiac Rehab Program 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 cardiac interventions. Modifiable risk factors are identified and worked towards reducing these risks through lifestyle interventions. This is accomplished through twice weekly group exercise sessions, nutritional presentation with the dietitian, stress management and assistance with smoking cessation among other services. This program has an annual cost of $181,000 to operate and receives no government funding.
A participant of the program, Brenda Gallant, Shoppers Drug Mart Assistant Front Store Manager, was recently asked why the program is so important to her and to our community; her response……”After my heart attack I had so many questions. I quickly realized that the Cardiac Rehab Program had everything I needed to recuperate. What is really great is that the people who go to the Cardiac Rehab Program share their stories, and they understand what you have gone through; it becomes a safe place to get better.”