Get moving to fight heart disease and stroke during the 35th edition of the Heart Walk

Sign up for free and give your health a boost with Manulife’s new five-week health and wellness challenge.

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

More than two years of endless disruption from the pandemic has weighed on our healthcare system. Heart disease and stroke are ubiquitous, and those affected 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. Funding research allows us to make advances 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 taking action in their communities while raising funds for vital heart disease and heart disease programs,” said Doug Roth, CEO of Heart & Stroke. We’re excited to bring you a new challenge in the Walk the Heart app: The Path to Health and Wellbeing. Attendees can use the app to train for the event or continue training after the event. »

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

The Path to Health and Wellness, presented by Manulife, is a free five-week challenge available now on the Walk the Heart app. Participants can try a new activity each week or adopt a new healthy habit from the in-app suggestions and find inspirational resources to help them begin their personal wellness journey. You can also earn badges for completed activities and provide advice or wellness-related questions on the community forum. Each week a different health professional will moderate a live Zoom Q&A.

“Manulife is proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of the Ride for Heart since 2018 and is excited to build on that momentum by presenting the Journey to Health and Wellbeing 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 well-being is a priority for us throughout the year, not just during the event. We’re excited 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 beat count by downloading the Hike of the Heart app

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

Participants are encouraged to post photos from the event and screenshots of their completed 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, raising a combined total of $78 million. These funds support Heart & Stroke’s heart disease and stroke research, health promotion and advocacy efforts that enable the company to fulfill its mission of preventing disease, saving lives and improving recovery.

Heart & Stroke funds the research through support from generous donors. This funding has enabled 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 defects, and the development of t-PA, a drug used to dissolve blood clots and treat heart disease ischemic strokes.

To register for the 35th Annual Manulife Heart Ride for free, visit ridetheheart.ca.

Publication of the Health Index: 05/09/2022 – Number of visits since publication: 46

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