Vol­un­teers needed for Heart Month

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SYD­NEY — Vol­un­teers can help make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity, have fun and pos­si­bly win prizes by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­vin­cial Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion’s an­nual door-to-door can­vass in Fe­bru­ary.

“ The an­nual Heart Month can­vass is ex­pected to in­clude more than 4,000 Nova Sco­tians,” said Tr­ish Berry, se­nior man­ager of fund de­vel­op­ment for the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion of Nova Sco­tia. “ We need as many vol­un­teers as pos­si­ble to give us just a few hours of their time. Be­hind ev­ery door, there is an op­por­tu­nity to gain more sup­port for re­search and health pro­mo­tion ef­forts which can have a big im­pact on the lives of peo­ple liv­ing right here in Nova Sco­tia.”

By par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity, vol­un­teers can con­trib­ute to life-sav­ing re­search and be part of the foun­da­tion’s first win­ter walk­ing chal­lenge to help find out how far Heart Month vol­un­teers walk in Fe­bru­ary.

Car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease is a lead­ing cause of death for Nova Sco­tians. Funds raised help the foun­da­tion sup­port re­search in the prov­ince and sup­port health pro­mo­tion pro­grams.

“Be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, such as through walk­ing, is a key way to re­duce your risk of heart dis­ease and stroke,” said Berry.

Heart Month vol­un­teers are asked to reg­is­ter for the chal­lenge on­line at www.walk­a­boutns.ca and track their steps through­out Heart Month us­ing a pe­dome­ter or by es­ti­mat­ing their steps based on the dis­tance walked.

“ This chal­lenge isn’t a race,” Berry said. “It’s not about how far or how fast you walk. We’re ask­ing all our vol­un­teers to join the group to help us find out our col­lec­tive walk­ing ac­tiv­ity.”

All vol­un­teers who reg­is­ter will be en­tered into a draw to win prizes that in­clude a Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion CPR Any­time Fam­ily & Friends Kit, jack­ets, Swiss Army watch, re­flec­tive arm­bands and pe­dome­ters.

To be­come a vol­un­teer and learn more about the walk­ing chal­lenge, visit www.heartand­stroke.ns.ca or call 1-800-4234432, ex­ten­sion 3330.

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