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May 27, 2005
"Love Your Heart!" Award winners to be announced
  
Toronto residents who have contributed to the fight against heart disease by
making or helping others to make healthy lifestyle choices will be honoured at
a June 2 ceremony.

The Toronto Heart Health Partnership will present Love Your Heart! Awards to 79
individuals at a celebration at North York Memorial Hall, 5120 Yonge St. The
partnership is made up of individuals and organizations that promote
heart-healthy lifestyles in Toronto.

The award is presented for making healthier food choices, becoming smoke-free,
becoming physically active or helping others to make changes.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Ontario for both women and
men.

"The award recognizes changes like increasing the number of daily servings of
vegetables and fruits, making walks a part of your lifestyle, quitting smoking,
or declaring your car or home smoke-free," said Jane Forest, a member of the
award organizing committee.

Winners were chosen from nominations submitted from across Toronto. They
include:

Linda Lewis-Daly - North York
Linda was hiking with a friend four years ago when she had a heart attack. Like
most people, she had missed the warning signs until it was almost too late.
Thanks to a healthy lifestyle, she was able to make a full recovery. Linda then
became an advocate for preventative heart health care as a voluntary
spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Linda works as manager of the
National Employee Wellness Program at TELUS Mobility and is a parent volunteer
for health-related programs at her children’s schools.

Gail Ross - Scarborough
Three people loved by Gail Ross had heart attacks and two of them died. Gail
realized that her own grief was having a debilitating effect on her health. She
began paying closer attention to her own physical and emotional wellness. Gail
was also inspired to create an event at the Momiji Centre for 100 participants
who enjoyed heart healthy foods, meditation and other wellness activities. She
has been an inspiration to others.

Joanne Webb - Etobicoke
Joanne has made fitness and good health a part of her daily life by hiring a
personal trainer and joining Weight Watchers and a gym. Over the past five
years she has quit smoking, trains five hours a week with Norseman Masters Swim
Club and has trained for a marathon. She also competes in the Alderwood Master
Swim Meet and has won six first places this year.

Thiru Thiruchelvam - Central Toronto
For three years Thiru has managed to reduce his need for medication for
hypertension and high cholesterol by making positive changes in his lifestyle.
He is now a vegetarian, lives smoke-free and exercises daily by walking and
doing yoga. He is an inspiration to his friends and shares his knowledge by
writing articles for the Tamil community newspaper.

Media contact: Bev Gibson,
Communications, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7875



 

 

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