A committed and powerful health advocate, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) has a long and successful history of working with government, health care professionals, other voluntary organizations, and industry to bring about public policy change to improve the health of Canadians.
When we see the need for change, we act. Over the last 50 years, our advocacy leadership and ongoing public awareness initiatives have helped pave the way towards remarkable achievements in key areas such as tobacco control and smoke-free spaces, blood pressure awareness and reduction, obesity awareness, a healthier food supply, trans fat reduction, and improved resuscitation training, standards, and access.
The Foundation undertakes a number of activities to position heart disease and stroke issues (e.g. tobacco control & health research funding) with federal parliamentarians. It does this in part through:
- Regular appearances before House of Commons Standing Committees.
- The preparation of briefs and other materials for parliamentarians.
- Foundation health promotion programs and resources are at work across Canada to help people learn how to live healthier lives.
- Programs about nutrition including Health CheckTM - the Foundation's food information program (created to help Canadians identify healthy food choices, its logo is displayed on over 830 products), blood pressure, smoking and physical activity, help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- As the standard setters for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in Canada, the Foundation helps teach people how to save lives in an emergency.
Read more about our ongoing work in these key areas.
Shaping healthy active communities toolkit
Women and heart disease: The Heart Truth