"It's not about adding years to our lives – it's all about adding life to our years"
Don Herald is an active member of the Cardiac Rehab Alumni Group in Peterborough, Ontario. He is the volunteer Chair of Education Programs for this group. A retired social worker and organizational consultant, Don now enjoys writing short fiction. He is the co-founder and active member of the Writers' Group of Peterborough.
Next Wednesday, June 10th our Zoom meeting will be exploring the important topic of cannabis use by individuals with cardiovascular disease and cannabis use by… well, everybody else!
Our members have been asking about this topic for quite some time – and here it is. Together, we’ll be viewing an excellent video by the University Health Network’s Dr. Paul Oh about the topic. Followed by a lively Q&A with our very own pharmacist Bryce Miller whose knowledge about the plant and all its various forms will certainly be both educational and entertaining.
Come with your questions. No question about cannabis use is too silly or outrageous. And I can guarantee you that even your kids won’t find out you were getting your pot questions answered!
Peter will be sending you the ID and Password numbers to our Zoom meeting which begins at 1:15 pm, our session starts at approximately 1:30 pm and will end about 3 pm.
Here’s a confession – way too much salt, a bit too much sugar, too much fat makes my dietary world go round and booze – well, that’s the only one I’m good at managing to keep at a very modest dietary level.
I’m looking forward to Alex Burghardt’s talk next Wednesday afternoon on how to deal with these common nutritional traps while still managing to enjoy what I eat and drink. Alex is a Registered Dietician with the Peterborough Family Health Team. She loves to talk about avoiding common nutritional traps in our daily lives.
Of course, we can’t meet in person, so we’re going with a Zoom group meeting. Peter will send out the meeting ID number and password on Monday, May 11th. We invite you to arrive early – about 1:15 to hang out for a bit, then at 1:30, we’ll open our meeting up to Alex for some excellent learning and discussion. We should finish up by 2:30 pm.
Will you please join us next Wednesday, May 13th?
At our June 3rd meeting, we’ll be learning about cannabis use in individuals with cardiovascular disease. Cannabis is a popular topic among our members, so we’re delighted to be able to offer you our very first cannabis themed topic. More details on the content as we get closer to the June meeting date.
Members have been asking for some factual information on cannabis use for individuals with cardiovascular disease. We have an excellent program for you with our in house ‘expert’, pharmacist Bryce Miller on hand to answer your questions and do a bit of educating about cannabis. More information to come closer to June 3rd. Mark the date in your calendar. It will be a Zoom meeting format which worked well for us in April. See you then.
Please join fellow members of our group online this Wednesday at 130 pm, as we hold a virtual ‘check-in’ and ‘check-up’ with everyone. We invite you to share how you’re doing during the extended shut down, stay at home period. What’s working for you apart from doing a large 3,000 piece puzzle without having a picture to go from.
Peter will be sending you the details of how to access the ZOOM (yes, the same Zoom you’ve been hearing about from your friends) online meeting site. Helen will be our discussion facilitator, Peter will our technical navigator if needed.
We all have lots of free time these days. It’s the perfect time to explore all the great heart-healthy internet links along the right side of our web page. Since September in our monthly meetings, we’ve explored stretching, balancing, resistance training with weights or resistance bands. Today I went exploring in some of the UHN links and discovered so many excellent ‘how to…’ videos on all of our topics.
There’s also excellent videos on planning and maintaining a heart-healthy diet – which many of us might need a refresh on since nibbling and snacking during the day and evening while in self-isolation, well… let’s just say there’s been some back-sliding on our normal eating patterns!
So – how about it? Put your cursor on a couple of the links and explore the videos. Find something you like and GET ACTIVE again!
Tomorrow afternoon at the Wellness Centre – 130 pm to 330 pm – we’ll be talking about lessons you learned or are continuing to learn about recovery from a cardiovascular event or news that you have cardiovascular disease.
Please join us. Everyone can benefit from hearing what is working – or not working – for you on your rehabilitation or prevention journey.
BOTH THE HEAD AND HEART:HEALING STRATEGIES FROM THE FRONT LINE–MARCH 11TH
All of us in the Cardiac Rehab Alumni Group have been confronted with the realization that we have cardiovascular disease. Some of us have had a cardiac event such as a heart attack or stroke. Others have had heart surgery – bypass, stents or both. A few of us have had neither an event or surgery; you’re with us to learn more about cardiovascular disease and how to adopt heart-healthy habits in order to avoid a cardiac event or surgery.
In our March 11th meeting, we want to hear about your physical and emotional symptoms and reactions after you were told you have cardiovascular disease. More importantly, we want to hear about what you did or are still doing to manage the physical and psychological ‘fall out’.
Once again, Don will facilitate a safe ‘share and learn’ discussion about what physical, feeling and lifestyle strategies work for us and why. This will be good opportunity to hear and learn from other’s experiences while sharing your own.
As usual, this session will be held at the Wellness Centre beginning at 1:30 pm.
Yeah, I know the photo with this post doesn’t really fit the message, but it’s mid-winter and all of us could use a good giggle. Besides, isn’t humour one of the helpful strategies some people use to banish the blues when confronted with the realization that you’ve got cardiovascular disease?
DISCUSSION OF THE KEY ELEMENTS OF OUR 2020/21 BUSINESS PLAN
Mike Hammond, on behalf of the Steering Committee, will facilitate an active discussion about some key elements of our draft Business Plan for 2020/21. This is an excellent opportunity to share your ideas and suggestions about how our group can best meet your heart-healthy lifestyle needs. This session will be held at the Wellness Centre beginning at 1:30 pm.
BOTH THE HEAD AND HEART:HEALING STRATEGIES FROM THE FRONT LINE
All of us have been confronted with the realization that we have cardiovascular disease, and as a result, many aspects of our lifestyle choices and patterns must change. Once again, Don will facilitate a sharing discussion about what physical and feeling strategies worked for us and why. This session will be held at the Wellness Centre beginning at 1:30 pm.
WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE: WHAT’S NEW?
We are delighted to welcome back Dr. Karen Wagner, a cardiologist from the Kawartha Cardiac Clinic. While continuing to share her knowledge about women and heart health, Karen will bring us updates on exciting new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. This evening session is open to the public and, based on last year’s meeting, we expect there will be a large number of people attending. This evening session will be held at the Wellness Centre beginning at 6:30 pm.
DEALING WITH THE NUTRITIONAL TRAPS OF SALT, FAT, SUGAR AND BOOZE
Alex Burghardt, a Registered Dietician from the Peterborough Family Health Team, will guide us in a more in-depth examination of why our choices to use salt, fat, sugar or alcohol do not contribute to a heart-healthy lifestyle. This session will be held in the Board Room of the Peterborough Family Health Team (185 King Street, Suite 500) beginning at 1:30 pm.
IS CANNABIS SAFE FOR THE HEART?
With the growing popularity of cannabis use among Canadians, cardiac patients want to know if pot is a heart-healthy product for personal use. In a University Health Network video on the topic, Dr. Paul Oh discusses the latest scientific and clinical information about the impact of marijuana use on the heart. Following the video, Dr. Bryce Miller, a local pharmacist and Cardiac Rehab Alumni Group member, will answer our questions about cannabis use. This session will be held at the Wellness Centre beginning at 1:30 pm.