February is Heart Month, a time for Canadians to re-asses their health risks and help raise funds that will benefit the lives of others. Find out how team S&C is doing their part to Make Health Last!
Did you know the final 10 years of your life will be spent battling heart disease, stroke and other illnesses? Heart and stroke disease claims one in three Canadians before their time. It also happens to be one of the top killers of women, taking more lives than all cancers combined.
Canadians are living longer lives, but not always healthier lives. In 2011, the Heart and Stroke Foundation surveyed 2,000 adults and found that even though Canadians knew the facts on heart health, most wouldn't commit to a healthier lifestyle.
We here at Steven and Chris are committed to turning the tide on heart and stroke disease by encouraging Canadians to live healthier and Make Health Last. We want everyone at Studio 65 to join the movement. And this month, our studio audience rose to the challenge, generously donating money to the Heart and Stroke Foundation at every taping.
Some folks slipped bills into our donation box; others purchased tickets to our Heart Month raffles - one of which awarded two lucky audience members a special DIY project created by Mr. Steven Sabados himself! For our latest raffle, one lucky winner will receive a three course dinner for two at Bosk restaurant and pampering at Miraj Hamman Spa at the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto (not bad, if we may say so ourselves)!
To keep the momentum going, we opened up the floor to our audience during commercial breaks and shared tips with each another on how to live healthier. Oh, and did we mention 99 red balloons? We had those too!
The generosity of our audience has been overwhelming. We can't thank you enough!
Sitting at home wondering what you can do to make your health last? Abide to these tips from the Heart and Stroke Foundation that will not only lead to good habits, but also a healthier heart and happier life.
Get physical: Try to get in at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. Trying walking instead of driving. Hop on that bicycle. Dance. Shimmy. You decide! Any type of physical activity is beneficial to your heart health.
Eat your greens: Canada's Food Guide recommends women aged 19-50 eat seven to eight servings of vegetables and fruit per day (men are advised to eat eight to 10). A nutritious diet helps you control your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It will make you feel good too.
Calm down: Stress can be a big hindrance to your health. Too much stress can increase blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels and can lead to binge eating, drinking and smoking. Develop coping strategies that help take the edge off. Turn off your cell phone. Indulge in a bubble bath. Go for massage. Ahh...
Butt out: Smoking can increase your risk (and the risk of others) of heart disease and stroke. The Heart and Stroke Foundation estimates that within 10 years of being smoke-free, your risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half. For tips on how to quit, click here.
Drink less booze. When it comes to drinking alcohol, moderation is key. Women should limited themselves to two drinks a day (10 drinks a week); three drinks a day for men or 15 drinks a week.
Now's the time to look after yourself and make health last! To assess your own heart risks, go to makeheartlast.ca.
To make a donation to Steven and Chris' Heart Month fundraiser, click here. All proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. If you'd like to join our studio audience, click here to book free tickets!