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The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) is one of Canada’s largest and most effective health charities. Over the last 60 years we have invested more than $1.39 billion in heart and stroke research, making us the largest contributor in Canada after the federal government. In that time, the death rate from heart disease and stroke has declined by more than 75 per cent.

The Foundation’s health promotion and advocacy programs across the country are saving lives every day. Working together, our employees, volunteers, donors and world-class researchers have made the Heart and Stroke Foundation what we are today: Canada’s most widely recognized and trusted authority on cardiovascular health. Our vision is healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together, we will make it happen.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a national organization led and supported by a force of about 140,000 volunteers.

  • Throughout our history, the Foundation has relied on the generous donations of millions of Canadians.
  • The Foundation receives no operational funding from government sources.
  • In 2013, the Foundation invested more than $91 million in research, health promotion and community programs.

The Foundation of your community

  • The Foundation aims to build healthier hearts and minds across Canada by bringing life-saving knowledge to the communities we serve, through our local area offices and the healthcare providers we support with education and resources.
  • We have the passion and courage to explore, through scientific excellence and innovation, ways to protect the health of all Canadians - old and young - in communities across the nation.

Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen.

Learn more about how the Foundation is tangibly improving the health of Canadians.

HSF in Manitoba

The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) has been serving Manitoba communities since 1957. Over the last five decades, the Foundation has built its reputation and leadership as a volunteer-based health charity by funding excellence in heart disease and stroke research and facilitating health promotion and advocacy program delivery throughout the province.

For more information about what the Heart and Stroke Foundation is doing in your community, watch our informational video.

Research

This is an exciting time for heart disease and stroke research in Canada. Over the next five years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation's new research strategic plan will emerge with a cutting-edge approach to cardiovascular research. This plan will open the door to potentially powerful multi-provincial and multi-disciplinary research projects and will focus on linking laboratory research to health policy to programs and practice. With this there will be more collaboration, synergy and innovation than ever seen before. This year, the Foundation is supporting 12 of Manitoba's top biomedical researchers, one multi-provincial clinical trial, and three primary prevention research projects. For the first time ever, the Foundation is investing in a Manitoba Research Chair in Primary Prevention. Learn more about Heart and Stroke Foundation Research (PDF) happening right here in Manitoba. Also, read our research brochure to learn about our currently funded researchers, here.

Health Promotion

Health Promotion encourages Manitobans to improve their heart health through the adoption of behaviours that help prevent, reduce and limit heart disease and stroke. These initiatives are concentrated in three key areas:

  • Awareness programs such as educational resources, ad campaigns, presentations and displays

  • Lifestyle programs that help people to change behaviours

  • Supportive environment programs that support healthy behaviours at work, home, school, and in the community

For more information, visit the Health Promotion pages using the menu bar at the top or click here (PDF file). If you have questions about nutrition, physical activity, heart health, heart attacks or stroke, ask the experts by emailing the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba at ask@heartandstroke.mb.ca or call (204) 949.2000 or toll-free 1.888.473.4636.

Fundraising

As a non-profit, charitable organization we depend on the generous support of individuals and businesses in our communities. We accomplish our goals through a combination of fundraising activities, contributions and volunteers. Each year we work with thousands of Manitobans who volunteer their time talent and energies to raise funds through campaigns such as:

To learn more about other ways the Foundation raises funds, including In Honour donations and our Direct Mail campaign, click here (PDF file).

Volunteering

Volunteering is the heart of what we do and the Foundation relies on over 6,000 Manitoba volunteers each year to help us achieve our visionary mission, which is healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together, we will make it happen.

Learn about our volunteers.

For further information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba, click on the links below (PDF files):

Updated July, 2014.
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