Heart Health in Halton

At Halton Region, we encourage and support our residents to make healthy choices.  In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about how making healthy choices can help prevent the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for both men and women in Halton but it is preventable and manageable. Eating healthily, keeping physically active and living tobacco-free can help reduce risk of heart disease.

Halton Region offers many programs and services that support healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco cessation. Below are some examples of the programs and services that the Halton Region Health Department provides.

  • Our Community Food Advisor Program helps educate community groups about the skills needed to adopt healthy eating habits. Participants also learn more about safe handling and food storage.
  • Farm to School works with local organizations to bring fresh, locally grown produce into Halton elementary schools to help influence healthy eating habits in a positive way that can also help children understand where food comes from.
  • Eat Smart helps employers in the Region provide healthy food choices to employees by offering awards to companies that maintain high standards of food safety while also offering nutritious food choices in the work place.
  • Walking is a great way to add physical activity into the day. The Count Your Steps Program is a partnership between Halton Region and participating libraries and municipalities that allows residents to borrow pedometers to help track their progress.
  • Through WalkON , Halton Region works to engage the community, municipal staff, and elected officials in the creation of built environments that support walking for active transportation.
  • Halton’s Stop Smoking Clinics work directly with residents who smoke to determine personalized methods of quitting, free of charge.
  • Our Tobacco Cessation Community of Practice brings together health professionals interested in helping people live smoke free to share and learn more about cessation.

If you would like to learn more about these and other programs, please dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/healthresources.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”