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Saskatchewan Cardiac Programs and Groups

Cardiac Support groups offer encouragement and support to people and their families following a heart attack, heart surgery or the diagnosis of a cardiac condition. The groups below are active and invite anyone affected by heart disease to join in. If you belong to a Cardiac Support Group and would like to have your information posted here, please send information to health promotion@hsf.sk.ca.  

Heart to Heart™ is helpful to anyone who has had a heart attack, heart surgery or is suffering from angina - or anyone caring for someone who has had these.

Programs and Groups in each Health Region
Athabasca Health Authority
BTC Indian Health Services
Cypress Health Region
Five Hills Health Region
Heartland Health Region
Kelsey Trail Health Region
Prairie North Health Region
Prince Albert Grand Council
Prince Albert Parkland Health Region
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region
Saskatoon Health Region
Sun Country Health Region
Sunrise Health Region


ATHABASCA HEALTH AUTHORITY (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i) Heart To Heart™ Programs/Facilitators:
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

None are known at this time

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


 BTC INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i) Heart To Heart™ Programs/Facilitators:
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

None are known at this time

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


CYRPRESS HEALTH REGION (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i) Heart To Heart™ Programs/Facilitators:
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii) Cardiac Education Program- Swift Current
Educational classes and support for individuals with a risk of heart disease. Teaches Healthy Choices and Active Living.

Goal:
Through the sharing of information, group discussions and support from our team and others the individual will gain knowledge and new ideas to live a healthy lifestyle

Location:
•   Cypress Regional Hospital 
     Education Department 
     2004 Saskatchewan Drive
     Swift Current, SK S9H 5M8

Time:
•   Offered 5 times a year 
•   Over four consecutive Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m

Education:
•   Session 1 - The heart and how it works, risk factors and medications
•   Session 2 - Activity
•   Session 3 - Heart healthy diet and cholesterol
•   Session 4 - Stress managment

Other Details:
•   This program has a team Approach - Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Dietitian, Nurse Educator and Social Worker work with you and your physician to help you make positive steps towards making healthy choices
•   Open to anyone who whishes to learn more about heart health

Please Contact:
Sue Johnston at 778-9480

iii) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

None are known at this time

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


FIVE HILLS HEALTH REGION (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

Heart To Heart™ 

Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.
Please note: the Heart To Heart Program in the Five Hills Health Region is called CARDIACTION. For more detailed information, please see below.

i) CARDIACTION – Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
The Five Hills Health Region’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers support, education and exercise to survivors of heart events and their families.

Goal:
To help you become heart healthy for life.

Education Component: (No cost)
•   The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Heart To Heart™ program is a series of six classes that cover the heart, exercise, stress, diet, medications, emergency care and feelings.
•   When and Where: Every Wednesday 1:00 – 4:00 pm. at the Patient Education Centre at the Moose Jaw Union Hospital
•   Heart Healthy Diet Class Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30am This is a one time session taught by a registered dietician

Exercise Component:
•   A medically supervised exercise program for both the survivor and their spouse/partner. Activities include walking, stationary cycling, arm cycling, rowing, strengthening exercises, stretching and relaxation exercises.
•   When and Where: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 – 10:00am in the lower level of Timothy Eaton Gardens (510 Main Street North)
•   Cost: $20.00/month for the patient
     $10.00/month for the spouse
     **No person will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

Note: Either or both components of the Program may be attended.
Rural residents are given a home exercise prescription and guidelines.

Please contact the Patient Education Centre:
Dot Hicks (694-0212) Cardiac Rehab Exercise Specialist/Educator
Dawn Bohlken (694-0213) Cardiac Rehab Nurse

ii) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

i) Moose Jaw CardiAction Support Group – Moose Jaw
This group is for people who have been affected by heart events directly or indirectly.

Goal:
To provide support and fellowship through educational and social experiences for
all people affected by heart events

Location:
•   Auditorium at Timothy Eaton Gardens
•   2nd Thursday of each month, September to June inclusive
•   10:00 am to 12:00 pm with opportunity for further fellowship in the cafeteria afterwards
•   December – social 
•   February Banquet
•   June – TBA

Other Details:
•   Number of Participants – approximately 100
•   Age range – 40 to 90 years
•   Cost – a toonie at each meeting
•   Membership is open to anyone with heart events and their caregiver and/or significant others.
•   A monthly bulletin is available to provide information for members of the group.

Please contact:
Jan Matity (693-0724)
This group functions under the guidance of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program which includes a Cardiologist, Cardiac Nurse, Exercise Therapist, and Dietician.

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


HEARTLAND HEALTH REGION (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i) Heart To Heart™ Programs/Facilitators
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

None are known at this time

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


KELSEY TRAIL HEALTH REGION (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i) Heart To Heart™ Programs/Facilitators
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

None are known at this time

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


PRAIRIE NORTH HEALTH REGION (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i)  Heart To Heart™ Programs/Facilitators
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii)  Strides to Better Health - Exercise and Education Prorgram
This group is for those with Type 1 or 2 Diabetes, A BMI of less than 40, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure (controlled), or any combination of the above.

Goal:
The goal of STRIDES is to decrease your chance of developing heart disease.  Offers peer support, professional education, guidance, and a chance to exercise.

Location:
•    STRIDES programs are available in Lloydminster, Meadow Lake and North Battleford.

Time:
•    Up to two hours, three times per week for twelve consecutive weeks.  A modified version is available for rural residents.

Other Details:
•    To join this program, all participants have to be referred by a physician or nurse practitioner.  Talk to your family physician to find out if this program is a good option for you.
•    Individuals who have a history of the following are not eligible to partcipate: prior heart attack or stroke, coronary stenting, coronary angiogram, cardiac arrhythmia, and respiratory disease.

Please contact:   Prairie North Health Region
                        Chronic Disease Management Services
                        Toll-Free - 1-888-922-JUMP (5867)
                        Email - chronicdisease@pnrha.ca

iii) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

None are known at this time

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


PRINCE ALBERT GRAND COUNCIL (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i) Heart To Heart™ Program/Facilitators
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii) Please check your local health centres/community programs for Walking Clubs, other education classes, etc.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

None are known at this time

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


PRINCE ALBERT PARKLAND HEALTH REGION (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues

These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

Heart To Heart™
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.
Please note: the Heart To Heart Program in the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region is called The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. For more detailed information, please see below.

i) The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

The Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is offered to individuals and their families following angina, heart attack, bypass surgery, angioplasty, stent procedures, or chronic heart failure

Goals:
The program includes supervised exercise sessions, education classes and group support. A team of health care professionals will provide you with positive steps toward making healthy lifestyle changes.

Education Component:
The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Heart To Heart™ program is a series of six classes that cover the heart, exercise, stress, diet, medications, emergency care and feelings.
• When and Where: Alfred Jenkins Fieldhouse, MUST contact Robin, Jas or Dean to receive upcoming program dates
*No charge for education

Exercise Component:
• A physician, nurse and exercise therapists provide supervision as well as monitor your progress and offer information and assistance. Activities include walking, stationary cycling, arm cycling, rowing, Nu-Step, strengthening and stretching exercises.
• When and Where: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Alfred Jenkins Fieldhouse, you MUST call office first.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   8:00 – 9:00 am Monitored Group
     9:00 – 11:30 am Graduate Group (start between these times)
Cost: $20.00/month for client
     $20.00/month for Support Person
     $13.00 Yellow *T-shirt
*T-shirts allow facilitators and physicians to identify the monitored group members.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  *Upon graduating you are encouraged to continue with the program

Please contact:
Jas Coutu (765-6590) Registered Nurse
Robin Gyoerick (765-6590) Exercise Therapist

Dean Gaudet (765-6590) Exercise Therapist                                                                   

iii) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs. These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

None are known at this time

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


REGINA QU’APPELLE HEALTH REGION (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i) Heart To Heart™ Programs/Facilitators:
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii) Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Cardiac Rehab Program – Regina
A program of education, exercise and support, for individuals, and their families, who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, angina, angioplasty (balloon) or stent procedures, heart failure, cardiomyopathy or rhythm problems.

Goals:
The goal of the RQHR Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is to help patients and their families learn to lead and maintain a heart healthy lifestyle following a heart event. This is done through the sharing of information, group discussion, a supervised exercise program and the support of others.  If you have had heart surgery or a heart attack, angioplasty (balloon) or stent procedure, heart failure or heart rhythm problems this program is for you. Education and exercise are the two main components of the program.

Location:
Regina, location and dates vary

Exercise:
•   Medically supervised exercise sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday
•   8:00 am – 1:00 pm
•   Location: Dr. Paul Schwann Centre
•   For more information on exercise call 585-4004 or see “Cardiac Rehabilitation and Risk Reduction Program – Regina” below

Education: 
•   A series of free education classes are held each month (days and times vary) at various locations in Regina.
•   Classes are taught by registered nurses, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, and exercise therapists.
•   Classes allow you to meet others with similar concerns.

Please contact:
Gail Becker (766-3843) Cardiac Rehab Coordinator

iii) Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Cardiac Rehab Program – Fort Qu’Appelle
NOTE: The RQHR Cardiac Rehab Program is offering its educational classes via Telehealth to broadcast in Fort Qu’Appelle. Telehealth uses live, two-way videoconferencing to deliver a number of health care services, including education sessions.
A program of education, exercise and support, for individuals, and their families, who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, angina, angioplasty (balloon) or stent procedures, heart failure, cardiomyopathy or rhythm problems.

Goals:
Through the sharing of information, group discussion, a supervised exercise program and the support of others you will gain ideas to help you adjust to living a heart healthy lifestyle.

Location:
•   Fort Qu’Appelle, location and dates vary

Exercise:
Different types of exercise programs are offered at the Dr. Paul Schwann Centre in Regina
•   Home Program (Consits of 3 visits to the Centre)
         Initial Visit
         6 week follow up
         12 week follow up
•   Medically supervised exercise sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
•   For more information on exercise see “Cardiac Rehabilitation and Risk Reduction Program – Regina” below or call 585-4004

Education:
•   A series of classes are offered two to three times a year (days and times vary).

Please contact:
Robin Anderson 332-3301

iv) Cardiac Rehabilitation and Risk Reduction Program – Regina
The Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre collaborates with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region to offer cardiac education programs and rehabilitation.

People who are at risk of heart disease or are recovering from heart disease should join this program.

Goals:
To assist you in developing and achieving personal goals to alter lifestyle habits that put you at risk for a cardiac event or to help you reduce your chances of developing further heart problems.

Location:
•   Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre
•   Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport 
     University of Regina
     3737 Wascana Parkway
     Regina, SK S4S 0A2

Class Times:
   Monday, Wednesday and Friday
     8:00 – 9:00; 9:00 – 10:00; 10:00 – 11:00; 11:00 – 12:00; 12:00 – 1:00
   Tuesday and Thursday
     4:30 – 5:30

Programs:
•   Initial Program – 36 sessions
•   Maintenance Program (graduate follow up program) – 48 sessions
•   Spousal Walking Program – 36 sessions
•   Spousal Risk Reduction – 36 sessions
•   Home Program – 3 visits

Education:
•   There are six education classes that are offered at one of the two Regina hospitals (see above “Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Cardiac Rehab Program”)

Cardiac Support Group:
•   The purpose of this group is to help cardiac survivors through some of the emotional and physical issues that they may be experiencing following their event. The Dr. Paul Schwann Center provides a secure place, in a support setting, where you can discuss your experiences, thoughts, feelings and concerns. Family members are also welcome to attend.
First and third Wednesday of every month
11:00 am - noon
Free of Charge
Room 166 (1st floor of the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport)

Please contact:
Phyllis Bend 585-4004
Dr. Paul Schwann Applied Health and Research Centre
Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina SK S4S 0A2

v) Lebret Walk and Talk - Lebret
The purpose of this program is to promote a healthy lifestyle and to lower an individual's risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes along with other risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol can lead to an increased risk of suffering from heart disease or stroke.

Goals:
Healthy lifestyle promotion and diabetes prevention

Location:
•   Lebret Hall
•   Wednesdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Exercise Component:
•   Walking at your own pace around the hall while interacting with other participants.

Education Compnent:
•   Following the walk, participants and dietitian gather for refreshments and discuss various topics related to living a healthy lifestyle.

Other details:
•   A registered dietitian is present almost every week to answer any participant questions and to lead the group

Please Contact:
James Smetaniuk, RD  332-8277

vi) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

i) South Saskatchewan Cardiac Support Group – Regina
This group is for all persons suffering from any form of heart disease.

Goals:
To provide information and support for individuals who have been admitted to the hospital due to heart disease.

Location:
The group makes hospital visits at the:
•   General Hospital in Regina twice a week
•   Pasqua Hospital in Regina on a as needed basis

Other details:

•   Number of Participants – 10 - 15 full-time members
•   Age Range – 20 years and up
•   Membership – no cost
•   The group is hoping to start holding monthly meetings for members in the near future

Please contact:
Russell at 586-4007

This group operates a cardiac visiting program at the Regina acute care hospitals. There is a pillow program for cardiac surgery patients at the Regina General Hospital.

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


SASKATOON HEALTH REGION (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i) Heart To Heart™ Programs/Facilitators
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii) Humboldt - LIFE Exercise Program
Lifestyle Improvement Through Fitness & Education = LIFE
The purpose of the program is to provide a fun, safe and comfortable place for participants to exercise.  The program is intended for individuals dealing with a chronic condition of heart disease, diabetes or a pulmonary disorder such as COPD.

Goals:
To help participants improve their level of fitness and ultimately reduce the risk factors associated with their chronic condition.

Location:
•   Jubilee Hall, Humbolt Uniplex

Education:
•   Heart To Heart™ runs quarterly for 6 weeks

Exercise:
•   Monday, Wednesday and Friday
•   8:00 - 9:00; 9:00 - 10:00; 10:00 - 11:00 or 11:00 - 12:00

Please contact:
Humboldt Therapies Department
Phone 682-8105
Fax 682-4046

iii) Wakaw - Community Fitness Program
This program is a partnership between the community and the Saskatoon Health Region. This program provides individual exercise consultation with an Exercise Therapist.

Goals:
Offer exercise services to rural poplulations for a combination of prevention and rehabilitation for indviduals with chronic conditions.

Location:
•   Wakaw Recreation Centre

Education:
•   Live Well with Chronic Conditions

Exercise:
•   Fall and winter programming only
•   Supervised program 1 time per week
•   Unsupervised program 2 times per week

Please Contact:
Bonnie Anderson
233-4611

iv) Saskatoon Cardiac Rehab - Saskatoon
A program , of education, exercise and support, for individuals, and their families, who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery, angina, angioplasty (balloon) or stent procedures, heart failure, cardiomyopathy or rhythm problems. Once the individual “graduates” from this program, they can join CARG, a volunteer self-help family of people, for continued support and fellowship.

Goals:
Through the sharing of information, group discussion, a supervised exercise program and the support of others you will gain ideas to help you adjust to living a heart healthy lifestyle.

Location:
•   Saskatoon Field House
     2020 College Drive
     Saskatoon, SK S7N 2W4

Education:

•   Regular Program: a series of classes are held every month (days and times vary )
•   Two-Day Program: this condensed version occurs every month except July and August

Exercise:
•   Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 8:30 – 11:30 am. (medically supervised times)

Please contact:
655-2136

v) The First Step Program – Saskatoon
This is combination of prevention and rehabilitation for people who have diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, overweight/obese, hypercholesterolemia, osteoporosis.

Goal:
To improve quality of life and help reduce risk of developing future health concerns.

Location:
•   Saskatoon Field House
     2020 College Drive
     Saskatoon, SK S7N 2W4

Phase I: (1st 3 months)
•   Tuesday & Thursday
Exercise 8:30 – 9:30 am
9:30- 10:30 am
6:45 – 7:45 pm
Education 10:45 – 11:45 am
5:30 – 6:30 pm
•   Saturday
Exercise 9:30 – 10:30 am
10:00 – 11:00 am
10:45 – 11:45 am (not summer)
Phase II: (“Grads”)
•   Tuesday & Thursday
Exercise 8:00 – 9:00 am
9:00 -10:00 am
10:00 – 11:00 am
6:45 – 7:45 pm
•   Saturday
Exercise 9:00 – 10:00 am
10:00 – 11:00 am
10:45 – 11:45 am (not in summer)
For Both Groups:
•   Tuesday & Thursday 5:45 – 6:45 pm (for summer months only)

Education:
    Learn about goal setting & behavorial change, physical activity benefits & programs, risk factors for CV disease, nutrition, weight management, stress management, arthritis, foot & back care.

Please contact:
655-6929

vi) Heart Function Clinic- Saskatoon
This is a new clinic developed by the Saskatoon Health Region for individuals suffering from Chronic Heart Failure.

Goals:
Assist patients with high risk of re-admission, multiple co-morbidities, and those who need extra support to learn how to maintain their health.

Location:
•   Royal University Hospital
     103 Hospital Dr
     Saskatoon SK S7N 0W8

Initial Assessment:
•   Patients meet with a pharmacist, dietitian, nurse, exercise therapist, and cardiologist
•   
A patient centered plan is decided upon and implemented

Follow up:
•   Clinic staff follows up with patients as necessary via telephone contact or subsequent clinic visits
•   Contact with family physician is maintained

Other Details:
•   Patients need a referral from their cardiologist
•   Formal clinic runs one afternoon a week with plans to expand

Please Contact:
For more information on the Heart Function Clinic contact us at 655-6684

vii)   Tobacco Cessation Services – Saskatoon
For individuals concerned about their smoking and tobacco use.

Goal:
Learn helpful skills and tools to limit or eliminate the need for tobacco in your life.

Location:
•   Mental Health and Addiction Services
     Community Addiction Services Saskatoon
     Suite 156 – 122 3rd Ave N
     Saskatoon SK S7K 2H7

Tobacco Cessation Services:

•   Written resource material
•   Group counseling
•   One to one counseling
•   The Community Addiction Services accepts both self referrals and referrals from other professionals/agencies regarding individuals who are seeking assistance with tobacco cessation.

Please contact:
655-4100 for more information and/or to register.

viii) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

i) Coronary Artery Rehabilitation Group (CARG) - Saskatoon
This group is for people with heart ailments, particularly those who have had heart attacks or are at risk, together with their spouses and support persons.

Goals:
CARG aims to:
- offer patients and their families “support before, solace during, and encouragement after”, through hospital and home visits by CARG volunteers
- provide continuing support and encouragement to attend exercise programs, educational classes, socials, and other activities.
- and foster a close relationship between CARG and the Saskatoon Tri-Hospital Cardiac Rehab Program.

Location:
•   Saskatoon Field House
     2020 College Dr
     Saskatoon SK S7N 2W4
•   Shaw Centre
     122 Bowlt Cres
     Saskatoon SK S7M 0L1

Supervised Exercise Program:
Field House Location:
•   Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (6:30 – 11:30) and evenings (6:45 – 8:30)
Please contact CARG for updated information.
Shaw Centre Location:
•   Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (8:30 - 11:30)

Educational and other activities:
•   Please contact CARG for updated information (Field House location only)

Other details:
•   Participants start at the Field House and graduate to the Shaw Building
•   Number of Participants – over 800 “red shirt” members and 300 support persons
•   Age Range – 35 to 90 years.
•   Cost – $20 per month
•   Membership - $10 per year
•   Newsletter – Heart@facts newsletter published 4 times/year
•   Website – www.carg.ca

Please contact:
655-2136 (Education portion)
655-6870 (Exercise portion)

ii) Little Hearts Family Group - Saskatoon
The purpose of this group is to advocate for "family friendly" systemic changes and to provide social and educational support to families across the province of Saskatchewan who are caring for children with acquired or congenital heart disease.

What does Little Hearts Family Group do?
•   They have educational lectures for caregivers and children
•   They provide opportunities for the children to socially interact with each other
•   They are a non-profit organization

Other Details:
•   Newsletter
•   Website – www.sasklittlehearts.com

Please contact:
232-5041 or 373-0840

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


SUN COUNTRY HEALTH REGION (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i) Heart To Heart™ Programs/Facilitators
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

None are known at this time

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.


SUNRISE HEALTH REGION (Top)

Education Programs for Cardiac Issues
These are educational programs that are aimed at primary and/or secondary prevention of cardiac events. They focus on reducing an individual’s risk from having their first cardiac event (primary prevention) or from having another one (secondary prevention). They are also beneficial for helping people adjust to living with the changes associated with a cardiac event.

i) Heart To Heart™ Program/Facilitators
Click here for more information on the Heart To Heart™ program and a facilitator in your area.

ii) Walking Track at the Gloria Hayden Centre – Yorkton

available anytime the Gloria Hayden Centre is open
$2.00/day or $30.00/month

iii) Walking Track at the Flexi-Hall (in the Gallgher Centre) – Yorkton
•   available anytime the Gallgher Centre is open
•   $2.00/day or $30.00/month

iv) Please check your local malls as many malls have, or will allow, Walking Clubs.  These usually involve the mall allowing people to walk the halls during non-mall hours.

•   Please feel free to contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636 to notify us of missing program information.

Cardiac Support Groups
These are peer-led groups meaning that they are run and organized by the survivors and/or caregivers. Health care professionals may or may not be affiliated with the group(s).

None are known at this time

•   If you are interested in working to begin a support group for cardiac survivors and their families, please contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan at healthpromotion@hsf.sk.ca or 1-888-473-4636.