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Heart Wise

The focus of the Heart Wise Exercise Program is to work with community organizations to develop programming, and designate facilities, programs and classes where individuals can exercise regularly to prevent or limit the effects of living with a chronic health condition.

The objectives of the Heart Wise Exercise Program are:
To identify exercise facilities and classes that are suitable for individuals with or at risk of developing a cardiovascular or chronic health issue.
To help those individuals choose exercise facilities and classes that are “heart” friendly.

A designated Heart Wise Exercise Program meets the following criteria:
1. Encourages regular, daily aerobic exercise.
2. Encourages and incorporates warm up, cool down and self-monitoring with all exercise sessions.
3. Allows participants to exercise at a safe level and offers options to modify intensity.
4. Includes participants with chronic health conditions – physician approval may be required.
5. Offers health screening for all participants.
6. Has a documented emergency plan that is known to all exercise leaders, including the requirement of current CPR certification, phone access to local paramedic services and presence of an AED.

These criteria could cover a variety of different types of programs at different levels of intensity. Please read the program description provided by the facility to find the Heart Wise Exercise Program most suitable for you. If you are unsure, please contact the program operator.

An easy way to identify a "Heart Wise Exercise Program” is to look for the Heart Wise Exercise logo and symbol on web-sites, promotional material and in a facilities list of classes.