Healthy Hearts Peterborough Launch Meeting September 8th

We will be holding our first live meeting in eighteen months. We have a new name, website and commitment to helping each other live heart-healthy lifestyles.

We are all pretty tired of Covid governing so much of what we do. Now that we are all fully vaccinated, we feel it is reasonable to meet in an outdoor setting.

We have chosen the Heritage Pavilion near the museum. This pavilion is large enough that we can practice social distancing while offering protection from the elements if needed.

Each member will receive your Heart Healthy Peterborough T-shirt at the meeting, learn about our programming plans for the year and have a chance to safely socialize.

Representatives from our community partners will be on hand with information to share and help us relaunch our group.

Next Steps Program

For those of you looking for an ongoing connection with an Exercise Therapist, easily accessible education modules and ongoing informative information you should seriously consider joining the Next Steps Alumni Program offered by the Central East LHIN Cardiac Rehab Team. Think of this as a continuance of your rehab program, an additional tool to help you stay on track with your heart healthy lifestyle.

The video below is a Utube presentation on the program. I strongly encourage you to register. We will be working in tandem with Next Steps, combining local programming from our peer group with the capabilities of the wider Next Steps regional program.

Stay tuned for more information on our evolving relationship with the Central East LHIN program.

Reduce risk of severe Covid-19 with regular activity, study says

I always thought “staying fit and healthy” would turn out to be a real plus in avoiding more serious outcomes from Covid-19 if you caught it. Turns out physical inactivity is strongly associated with more severe Covid infection and a heightened risk of dying from the disease. This information is found in a large US study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The article can be found at the link below, along with ideas for staying active in just 22 minutes a day.–TNQhmsuhZzTF-z1A

These 7 Sports Are Associated With Living Longer, According to Research

Racket sports for the win!

Well this news got me angry especially when we are well aware of the power of walking and socializing (safely) on heart health. I would have thought golf was number one. A four hour round of golf carrying your clubs or pulling a cart come in at 1100 calories burned. Alas; here are the top seven according to “The Copenhagen City Heart Study” following 8,500 citizens. The chart shows expected increases in life span by sport.

  1. Tennis: 9.7 years
  2. Badminton: 6.2 years
  3. Soccer: 4.7 years
  4. Cycling: 3.7 years
  5. Swimming: 3.4 years
  6. Jogging: 3.2 years
  7. Calisthenics: 3.1 years

I guess it is really all about staying active and getting at minimum 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, each week. And in the final analysis it is not about adding years to our lives, it is about adding life to our years. Keep walking (and golfing but don’t sit in that cart!)

Special Meeting – April 14th at 2:00 PM

It has been over a year since we had the opportunity for a live meeting of the peer group. It has also been over a year since the Cardiac Rehab Program was forced into the on line world. This means there have been many graduates of the Rehab Program who have never had the opportunity to be part of our group. We want to try to share with them as best we can, who we are and what we do to help each other stay on track. We are inviting grads from the last year to this special meeting.

We will have a very special guest speaker at the meeting. Dr. Joe Ricci. Dr. Ricci is the Program Director for the Central east LHIN Cardiac Rehab Program and a Cardiologists many of us know personally. Dr. Ricci is going to share insights into how maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle leads to improved health outcomes and adding life to our years. Put this in your calendar and join us on April 14th.

As usual you will be sent a link to the meeting.

7 ways to reduce stress and keep blood pressure down and Covid coping strategies

I came across this graphic the other day and it reminded me of some of the advice I was given when going through rehab. These tips were timely then and seem to make sense now as we grapple with this “never ending story” called Covid-19. Hang in there!

Heads Up – March Zoom Meeting

Let’s Meet -Still Zooming but things are looking up!

Mark your calendar for March 15 at 2:00 PM. You will receive a meeting invite by e-mail from Peter Z, as well as a link to a quick survey about your website. Please complete the survey even if you cannot attend the meeting.

Looking forward to “seeing” everyone and hearing your stories about pandemic coping.



This is a free application website that can be used to monitor not only the amount of food you are eating but also the quality of that food. You can use the tool to assist in weight management. The tool helps you determine what your daily calorie intake should be to maintain your weight. It adjusts the “budget” for calories allowed by factoring in the amount of exercise you are doing. It goes way beyond calories though and helps you with budgets for things like protein, sugar, carbs, fat and so on.

The true power of the website is that it will help you set realistic goals for weight management and also highlight where you may have opportunity for improved nutrition. I offer my example. I have been using it for a few weeks and it has helped me to lose 11 ponds, but perhaps more importantly it helped me to identify;

  1. A surplus of “sugar” in my diet
  2. A deficit of protein

I highly recommend that you at least check it out by visiting the Live Life Well page on the website.