Health Promotion in Manitoba
Health Promotion encourages Manitobans to improve their health through the adoption of behaviors that help prevent, reduce and limit heart disease and stroke. The Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba has demonstrated its leadership in health promotion by facilitating program delivery throughout the province at a public and health professional level.
Every year, HSF in Manitoba provides over $1 million to local research. Learn about Manitoba's research grant recipients here.
We all recognize that healthy eating, more physical activity and better lifestyle choices are key to our individual, family and community well-being. But how can we best involve citizens, organizations and policy makers in turning that awareness into action? Over the next five years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba is investing in that solution, putting the primary prevention of chronic diseases at the forefront of its work. Read more.
We partner with many organizations to advocate for cardiovascular supportive environments. This includes supporting smoke-free environments, healthy food choices, physical activity opportunities, and addressing the needs of people with heart disease and stroke.
In 2011, after six years of advocating for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to be made as commonplace as fire extinguishers, the Foundation celebrated as Manitoba became the first province in Canada to pass legislation requiring AEDs be made available in all public places. Learn more about The Defibrillator Public Access Act.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba also played an important role in the passing of the Good Samaritan Act by Manitoba Legislative Assembly in December 2006. This removed a large barrier to bystander intervention in an emergency health-care situation and encourages Manitobans to provide assistance in an emergency situation when needed – free from fear of litigation.
Resuscitation Programs (CPR)
We work with our national office to set and maintain the guidelines for CPR Programs and training in Manitoba. We maintain a database of approximately 1000 registered CPR Instructors from the province of Manitoba, who train over 15,000 providers every year. The importance of learning CPR is promoted during our CPR Awareness Month in November. Learn more.
CPR Anytime KIts
The CPR Anytime™ Family & Friends™ Personal Learning Program allows families, friends and the general public – those who most likely would never attend a traditional CPR course – to learn the core skills of CPR for adults and children in just 20 minutes using their own personal kit. The kit contains everything needed to learn basic CPR, and skills can be learned anywhere, from the comfort of a family home to a large community group setting. To purchase a CPR Anytime™ Kit contact the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Manitoba office at (204) 949-2000 or toll-free 1-888-473-4636.
We provide free heart health information to the public and health professionals in the form of resources, response to inquiries and promotion of February as Heart Month. Watch our Manitoba TeleHealth presentation on Heart Attack and Stroke.
We provide free nutrition information to public and health professionals in the form of resources, various Nutrition Month events in March, recipes and response to inquiries. We work closely with other community partners to increase awareness of healthy eating.
Manitoba creates a number of nutrition resources. Feel free to download our:
Quick & Healthy Cookbook and featured recipes
Meal Planning Resources
Heart Smart Home Cooking Videos
Breakfast Television Nutrition Segments
We offer free active living information to public and health professionals in the form of resources and response to inquries. We were the first Chair and Secretariat for the Physical Activity Coalition of Manitoba (PACM). Watch these videos on Active Transportation.
We have a variety of pamphlets, posters, and videos on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and stroke. Every year we provide over 270,000 free resources and our team of health promotion experts answer over 10,000 inquiries from the general public and health professionals. To request Health Promotion resources, click here to download our Health Promotion Resource Catalogue and order form.
We provide free stroke information to the public and health professionals in the form of resources and response to inquiries. An awareness campaign is run to educate Manitobans about the warning signs of stroke. We have taken a leadership role in the development of a coordinated stroke strategy in two regional health centres (Winnipeg and Brandon) and are working to expand the strategy across Manitoba. Check under Health Information > Stroke for Manitoba Stroke information for health professionals and the general public.