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Canadians in denial of couch potato habits: foundation In Lanark County, nearly two-thirds considered overweight GEOFF DAVIES geoff.davies@metroland.com

LANARK COUNTY – The Heart and Stroke Foundation released its annual Report on Canadians’ Health on Feb. 1, and the results may make your ticker skip a beat. The study found that, while 90 per cent of Canadians rate themselves as healthy, the same proportion have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke. “We are overestimating our healthy behaviours and underestimating our tendency to be couch potatoes,” Dr. Beth

county are hospitalized each year for heart or stroke related reasons. In the report the foundation also announced the latest tool it’s offering to help Canadians keep tabs on their health. The foundation has released a free Smartphone app – called the My Heart&Stroke Health App – that allows users to assess their health risks on-thego, and offers tailored action plans for healthier living. Often, improving one’s lifestyle is a simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, less canned or frozen foods – which are often high in sodium – and ditching the car in favour of a walk.

some of the most common and deadly cardiovascular risk factors as well as we think we are,” Abramson said. “We Canadians are living with a false sense of security that could be fatal.” For many, unhealthy lifestyle choices do prove fatal. Every seven minutes someone dies from heart disease or stroke, according to the foundation. The latest statistics blame cardiovascular disease for nearly one-third of all deaths in Canada each year. In Lanark County alone, nearly twothirds of people are considered to be overweight or obese, according to the foundation. Nearly 2,500 people in the

Abramson, spokesperson for the foundation, said in the report, the release of which marked the beginning of Heart Month in Canada. For example, about one-third of Canadians report they aren’t physically active in their leisure time. In reality, this is true for nearly half the population. The same is true for the daily intake of fruits and vegetables, with nearly 40 per cent saying they don’t eat the recommended five servings. In reality, 54 per cent neglect this part of a healthy lifestyle. “The fact is that we’re not managing

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