Starting on Thursday, March 5, Heart & Stroke will expand its successful Activate program to include the London/St. Thomas/Woodstock region. The goal is to enroll thousands of participants in the Activate program — a six-month wellness program that uses exercise, nutrition counselling and incentives to help at-risk people from developing hypertension (high blood pressure).
Heart & Stroke is proud to be London/St. Thomasworking with Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaws and Shoppers Drug Mart), NexJ Health, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario to deliver the program.
Program eligibility for those interested in becoming a participant:
• Must be 40 years old or over.
• Must be pre-hypertensive which means high-normal blood pressure, measuring between 121 and 139 mmHg systolic or 121 – 129 mmHg systolic if currently living with diabetes.
• Must not be on any blood pressure medication.
Schedule of recruitment events in London/St. Thomas/Woodstock in March:
Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6
Recruitment at Bostwick YMCA, 501 Southdale Rd West, London, ON N6K 3X4
Saturday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 10
Recruitment at Centre Branch YMCA, 382 Waterloo Street, London, ON N6B 2N8
Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12
Recruitment at Stoney Creek YMCA, 920 Sunningdale Road East, London, ON N5X 0H5
Friday, March 13
Recruitment at St. Thomas, Elgin YMCA, 20 High Street, St.Thomas, ON N5R 5V2
Saturday, March 14
Recruitment at Woodstock YMCA, 808 Dundas Street, Wood ON N6K 3X4