Heart Month draws attention to Cardiovascular Health

February is Heart Month, a time to bring attention to the importance of cardiovascular health and what we can do to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. That, along with so much change happening in our daily lives in the past year, taking stock of one’s health and wellness needs has been receiving greater attention.

According to Health Canada, Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults, and is the second leading cause of death in Canada. Health experts suggest that making healthy lifestyle choices can reduce our risk of heart disease. Among the heart-health activities include engaging in regular physical activity.

With the help of the Cummings Centre’s live on Zoom exercise classes, participants age 50 and over can benefit from signature classes all from the comfort and convenience of one’s own home.

At the start of the pandemic when fitness clubs were temporarily closing their doors, Polina Klein, 65, knew that exercise was so important to her well-being that she had to continue working out. With the Cummings virtual offerings, the choice was made easy.
Klein works out several times a week in morning cardio, cardio strength interval classes, and dance fitness program. With February’s heart health…to read Polina’s full story, click here!

Your cardiac health class list Live on Zoom at eCummings

    Thursdays at 8:30am
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    Wednesdays at 1:30pm/Fridays at 8:30am
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    Mondays at 1:30pm/ Fridays at 11:30am
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    Mondays at 11:30 am
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Virtual Learning Library video (for members)

    There are about 3-4 videos of different routines in the virtual library for Intermediate aerobic level
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    There are many recordings of different routines for Intermediate /Advanced participants
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    Great for Beginner aerobic level
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    There are many recordings of different routines for Intermediate /Advanced participants
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The West Island Cardiac Wellness Program

News! Cummings Centre partners with The West Island Cardiac Wellness Program a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that those affected by heart disease in our community are equipped with the knowledge, skills and support they need on the road to recovery from a cardiac event.

With the onset of the pandemic, our cardiac education and rehabilitation programs came to a grinding halt. This meant that during this particularly challenging time, patients in our program were abruptly left without the support and guidance needed to manage their heart health.

Thanks to the Cummings Centre, that we are once again able to offer supervised exercise classes to participants of the West Island Cardiac Wellness Program; enabling them to continue to improve their heart health from the comfort of their own homes!

“We are grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with the Cummings Centre on this much needed (and innovative!) heart health initiative.”- Says Agnes Cartier, West Island Cardiac Wellness Program. On behalf of the West Island Cardiac Wellness Program and in honor of Heart Month, we would like to acknowledge the incredible dedication of Maria Fragapane, the Cummings Centre team, and their success in ensuring that their exercise and wellness classes continue to be accessible and available to all Cummings Center members throughout the pandemic! We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to your organization for welcoming and including members of the West Island Cardiac Wellness Program and offering them this valuable opportunity to continue to improve their heart health during these unprecedented times! To learn more, click here

Special invitation for those Cummings members living with heart disease

The West Island Cardiac Wellness Centre is now offering : The Healthy Hearts/Stronger Together Program is an online enhanced version of the Cardiac Education and Support Program;  a unique program that includes access to resources, tools, and most importantly the opportunity to connect with others living with the same health challenge during this stressful time. To learn more, click here or, email Agnes Cartier: [email protected]