June 1, 2011

Get Active to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke

Kamloops, B.C. - According to Statistics Canada, stroke is the third leading cause of death in Canada, accounting for six percent of all deaths. After age 55, the risk of stroke doubles every 10 years. Exercise can help mitigate the risk and decrease these statistics.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that you accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Moderate intensity activities include brisk walking or bike riding while vigorous intensity may include jogging or cross-country skiing. By getting active, you can dramatically lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Regular activity also helps prevent and control risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, certain types of cancer and obesity.

The City will be hosting a drop-in Zumba class as a fundraiser for Heart and Stroke. The class will take place on June 5, 2011 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm at the Tournament Capital Centre. Admission is by a minimum $5 donation.

Find new ideas for an active lifestyle in the summer edition of the City of Kamloops Activity Guide, which will be released in the June 8th edition of Kamloops This Week, or sign up online at www.kamloops.ca/ezreg.

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Media Contact:
Danielle Harkies, Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist
City of Kamloops