Keep your resolutions On Track

Trying to keep your New Year’s resolutions for healthier living? We invite you to join us for our annual On Track to Cardiac Recovery event on February 25, 2017.

There you will enjoy a day of fun, activity and support for your healthy lifestyle changes. Toronto Rehab is home to leaders in their fields not only in cardiac rehabilitation, but also in lifestyle change management and preventative medicine.

For example, our Toronto Rehab Chair in Cardiac Rehabilitation, Dr. David Alter, led a breakthrough study that proves the amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, regardless of regular exercise.

In response to these findings, Dr. Alter promotes strategies people can use to reduce sitting time, hoping to decrease sedentary time by two to three hours in a 12-hour day.

"The first step is to monitor sitting times—once we start counting, we're more likely to change our behaviour," said Dr. Alter. "Next is setting achievable goals and finding opportunities to incorporate greater physical activity—and less time sitting— into your daily life.  For example, at work, stand up or move for one to three minutes every half hour; and when watching television, stand or exercise during commercials."

Future research by Dr. Alter and his team is helping determine what interventions, in addition to physical activity, are effective against the health risk of sedentary time.

More tips for healthy living can be found on Toronto Rehab’s Cardiac College website. Our annual On Track to Cardiac College event, organized by people who are enjoying longer, healthier lives thanks to Toronto Rehab, has raised the funding to create this important resource.

Join us On Track in support of Cardiac College and our Cardiac Rehab program and let us help you keep your resolutions this year.

Image: Dr. David Alter (right) is pictured with Dr. Craig Daniels on the run. Featured in the UHN 2015 Research Report article ‘Stand to Gain Health’ (photo credit: Strategic Research Initiatives Development, UHN)