Lakeridge Health’s Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Services hosts annual Walk of Life

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Just last year Bob Traill, a cardiovascular disease patient participating in the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program (CVPRP) at Lakeridge Health could only dream of finishing the program’s 5 km Walk of Life around Whitby’s Waterfront Trail.

After spending Valentines Day 2005 in Lakeridge Health Oshawa’s Cardiopulmonary Unit with heart problems, Traill knew he had to make some real lifestyle changes. At his doctor’s urging he was referred to and joined the Lakeridge Health Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program – a program he now credits with saving his life.

Traill joined the CVPRP in April, 2005 mere weeks before last year’s annual walking event. He participated in the Walk of Life and was featured in the local newspaper eating his first veggie burger. With guidance from the Get Into Life team at CVPRP, Traill walked a section of the 5 km walk. He then began training with the goal of completing the walk. In one short year, under supervision from the program, he now walks 5 km a day.

Traill’s family and friends are impressed with the lifestyle changes that the program has helped him achieve. “My children, grandchildren and wife are all thankful for the program because I am still here. We all credit it with saving my life and making it much richer because I am healthy and active.”

“Our program is an extension of a physician’s office,” says Paul Sawyer, Clinical Leader of the program. “We work with patients to lower their risk factors and educate them on healthy lifestyles by providing individual counselling, goal setting and support. We also put that education into action by developing individual exercise training programs.”

The Walk of Life is an annual walk/run in conjunction with the Canadian Cardiac Rehabilitation Foundation, The Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation and the Oshawa Hospital Foundation. The Walk of Life has two goals explains Sawyer, “The walk is not just about fundraising for much needed program equipment; the walk is also a celebration of the personal achievements of our current program participants, alumni and their families.”

This year’s Walk of Life took place on Sunday, June 11 at the Heydenshore Pavilion in Whitby. Last year the Walk of Life raised over $35,000 which contributed to the program’s expansion to satellite locations in Bowmanville and Port Perry. For further information about the Walk of Life or the program, please contact Jennifer at 905-576-8711 ext. 4825.

Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, CVPRP operates out of: Bowmanville – The Bowmanville Indoor Soccer Facility,
Oshawa – The Durham Family YMCA,
Port Perry – The Scugog Community Centre