Henry's Heart is in it.
After experiencing a heart attack in late Dec 2018, I received the BEST GIFT ever on Christmas Eve - a second chance at life. Before being discharged from hospital, I was invited to join a Rehabilitation program that I was told would help me through the process of recovery. I joined the program albeit reluctantly. After all, I had my open-heart surgery. What more did they want me to do? Little did I realize just how big another GIFT this rehab program was.
The program consists of a weekly talk on health habits and facts. Those are explained in simple terms and in a common sense manner by people that are truly passionate about their profession - I call them HEALTH COACHES.
This program has helped me not only physically but mentally as well. I can see many others in the room with me benefiting too. To me, this means that those who experience Heart Health issues in the past have a better chance at living healthier lives going forward and thus more likely to be less demanding on the health care system in the future. It means that they can pass what they learn to their loved ones both young and older so that they too can see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Healthier lifestyles mean less strain on our healthcare system and that benefits everybody.
Prior to this program I never exercised. Now I WALK at a pace of 3 MPH each day for a period of 35 minutes and I actually enjoy doing it. Not bad for someone that was close to death just a few months ago. I expect to be doing even more as time goes on. I am learning the importance of watching what and when I eat and have maintained my weight loss since the heart attack and tripple by-pass surgery. I have lost 20 lbs and I am keeping it off. Today, I feel healthier than I have in years. During the recovery process, I was able to find the strength to set up my own business. I attribute all this to tremendous staff at Uxbridge Hospital, Southlake Hospital, the Paramedics, Markham Stouffville Hospital, my Surgeons, the Nurses at all the hospitals who looked after me, my Family Doctor, and of course to the team of Rehabilitation Staff especially Dave and Breeanna and all the other staff who have been my Health Coaches throughout this excellent rehabilitation program.
Of course, any such program needs funding to carry on. I believe that the Southlake Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation Program is unique and I would like to help this great group of people succeed in helping other people through this excellent rehabilitation program. Who knows? One day this program could become a standard for future such programs throughout Ontario and possibly Canada. If you would like to see the same, then please sponsor the program by sponsoring me in my participation with the walk for life on Jun 20, 2019. Thank you for taking time to read this.
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