SportMed HealthBeat is a fun and easy way for participants to learn about personal risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, and how to help lower their risk for cardiovascular diseases. Participants are tested before the start of the Aboriginal RunWalk program and again 13 weeks later after the training is complete. These BEFORE and AFTER screenings will identify health improvements as a result of the Run Walk program and living a healthier lifestyle.
Who is eligible for SportMed HealthBeat 2018?
To be eligible for SportMed HealthBeat you must be a part of either the Aboriginal RunWalk, Honour Your Health Challenge or FitNation programs. Group leaders will handle registration.
What does the screening involve?
- Family and personal health history
- Blood pressure, healthy body weight & grip strength
- Cholesterol & glucose screening
- Heart health profile & goal setting
- 6-min aerobic fitness station
With the help of researchers from the University of British Columbia (Dr. Darren Warburton and his team at the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory) it was established that participants in the 13-week RunWalk training program underwent significant reductions in cardiovascular risk, and showed significant improvements in exercise participation rates, blood pressure, body mass index and waist girth measurement, all independent risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease.
Upcoming Health Beat Sessions: