Get Moving to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke During the 35th Heart Walk

Get Moving to Fight Heart Disease and Stroke During the 35th Heart Walk

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Register for free and improve your health with the new five-week health and wellness challenge offered by Manulife.

TORONTO, May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – The Manulife Heart & Stroke March celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. On June 5, thousands of people across the country will come together virtually to stay active and help fight heart disease and stroke. Participants will bike, walk or run while raising funds to support heart disease and stroke research and Heart & Stroke’s health promotion and advocacy efforts to prevent disease, save lives and improve recovery.

More than two years of endless interruptions due to the pandemic have put our healthcare system to the test. Heart disease and stroke are ever present, and people affected by these conditions need care and support more than ever. In fact, the pandemic has left many people with existing or newly diagnosed heart conditions sicker, with more complex problems, and more difficult to treat than usual. In some of them, the damage is irreversible. Through research funding, we can make breakthroughs in the areas of diagnosis, care, treatment, and recovery that are essential to meeting these growing needs.

“We invite people across the country to join us on June 5 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Heart Ride by being active in their communities while raising funds for vital heart disease and stroke programs,” said Doug Roth, Director Heart executive. & Race. We are delighted to offer a new challenge in the Walk the Heart app: the path to health and wellness. Attendees can use the app to train for the event or to continue exercising after the event. »

Reach your health and wellness goals in time for the June 5 walk

The Path to Health and Wellness, brought to you by Manulife, is a free five-week challenge available now on the Walk the Heart app. Participants can try a new activity or adopt a new healthy habit each week from the app’s suggestions, and find inspiring resources to help them embark on their personal wellness journey. They can also earn badges for activities they’ve completed and offer advice or ask wellness-related questions in the community forum. Each week a different health expert will host a live Zoom Q&A session.

“Manulife has been proud to be the presenting sponsor of Ride for Heart since 2018 and is delighted to build on this momentum by leading the way to health and wellness this year,” said Mike Doughty, President and CEO of Manulife Canada. At Manulife, we are committed to making decisions easier and improving people’s lives. That’s why promoting sustainable health and wellness is a priority for us throughout the year, not just during the event. We are pleased to partner with Heart & Stroke to provide an opportunity for people to come together to promote healthy living and raise funds for this important cause. »

Make every heartbeat count by downloading the Hike of the Heart app

Download the app from Google Play or App Store and connect your fitness trackers (app is compatible with Fitbit, Garmin, Strava, Google Fit and Apple Health app), add a distance goal, take part in fun challenges and plan your Route for the day of the event. Follow a heart-shaped route by bike, walk or run, or create your own heart-shaped route on Google Maps using the step-by-step guide at On June 5, the personal stories of people living with heart disease or the aftermath of a stroke will also be published on the app.

Participants are encouraged to post event photos and screenshots of their entire heart-shaped journey on social media using the hashtag #HeartAndSTROKETogether.

Since its inception in 1988, the Manulife Ride of the Heart has attracted hundreds of thousands of participants who together have raised a total of $78 million. These funds support heart disease and stroke research, as well as Heart & Stroke’s health promotion and advocacy efforts that enable it to fulfill its mission of preventing disease, saving lives and improving recovery.

Heart & Stroke funds research through the support of generous donors. This funding has made possible several health innovations, including the development of a technique used in Canada’s first successful heart transplant, the first in-utero surgery to correct congenital heart disease, and the development of t-PA, a drug that It is used to dissolve blood clots and treat ischemic strokes.

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