Heart and Stroke Foundation's new smartphone app puts health at Canadians' fingertips
(Canada Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Free <30 Days Mobile App gives users control and rewards them for
OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation, in
partnership with Desjardins Financial Security, today launched a free
mobile app - an easy tool to help Canadians make important lifestyle
changes that could add healthy years to their lives.
The Foundation's <30 Days Mobile App gives users a customized risk profile showing the long-term impact of
their daily health choices - then guides them to break bad habits and
adopt a healthier lifestyle in 30 days or less.
"We want to help Canadians take their heart health seriously," says
David Sculthorpe, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. "Heart
disease and stroke are a leading cause of death. We know that nine out
of 10 adults have at least one risk factor for heart disease and
stroke. Our new app gives Canadians the power to take control of their
health and lower their risks."
Forty per cent of Canadians have three or more risk factors for heart
disease and stroke. But there is good news 80 per cent of premature
heart disease and stroke is preventable.
The <30 Days app was designed and developed by leading Canadian experts to empower
Canadians with the information and support they need to reduce their
risk of heart disease and stroke.
Key features, such as tracking of progress, reminders, positive
reinforcement and social support are included to ensure that the user
is able to sustain the recommended healthy behaviours. Overcoming
unhealthy habits and reducing risk factors can be overwhelming; the
Foundation's <30 Days app helps users achieve a healthy heart by suggesting simple and practical
daily challenges. After only 30 days, individuals will be more aware of
how their actions impact their heart's well being.
"Diet, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, being smoke-free
and reducing stress are just a few of the keys in taking control," says
Dr. Beth Abramson, cardiologist and spokesperson for the Foundation.
"This app is a virtual trainer, nutritionist and cheerleader wrapped up
together. It gives you one healthy action a day. This quickly adds up
to 30 healthy actions - putting you on the path to a lifetime of
Every day the app delivers a focused, easy-to-do challenge that channels
the user's motivators. Users are rewarded with electronic "badges" when
they reach new milestones. Digital badges can be used for online
bragging rights on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
"We're proud to support a tool that has the potential to have a huge
impact on the health and lives of Canadians," says Denis Berthiaume,
President and Chief Operating Officer of Desjardins Financial Security.
The app helps users inventory their health and risk factors by
completing a mini-assessment. They then prioritize the risk factors
that are most important to them and highlight what motivates them most.
"It is great that <30 Days reminds me of why I should work towards a healthy heart", says Shivani
Goyal, who has been using the app for a couple of weeks. "At the
beginning it was challenging because the app was making me adopt
healthier habits, but now I feel like it is easier because these new
habits are just a part of my daily routine."
The free app is currently available in English or French for iOS devices
only (iPhone, iPad and iTouch) and can be downloaded at Apple App Stores or heartandstroke.ca/YourRisk.
This is the fourth smartphone app developed by the Heart and Stroke
Foundation to give Canadians e-tools to manage their health. Others
include a risk assessment, a HealthCheck® recipe app and a blood pressure action plan.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact
through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion
of healthy living, and advocacy. (heartandstroke.ca)
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