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CDI College raises more than $5,200 for Heart and Stroke on World Heart Day


Students and staff across the country participate to support heart health

VANCOUVER, Oct. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - In preparation for World Heart Day on September 29th, CDI College campuses across the country spent the month of September raising money and awareness for cardiovascular health, eventually raising $5,220 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

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"We are very proud of our students, staff and faculty for raising these funds," said Andre Souza, VP of Operations at CDI College. "And we're even more impressed to have topped last year's fundraising total by more than $1,000."

The Heart and Stroke Foundation estimates 1.6 million Canadians live with the effects of heart disease and stroke every day. Nearly 80 percent of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented by living a heart-healthy lifestyle, which includes eating healthy, exercising regularly, and not smoking.

CDI College staff and students participated in a number of fundraising efforts on World Heart Day including bake sales, raffles, apple sales, and dedicating a paper heart to someone they love who has suffered from heart disease.

One Canadian every seven minutes dies as the result of heart disease or stroke, and it is the leading cause of death worldwide.

"It's inspiring to see how passionate our students are about raising money to fight a disease that has undoubtedly touched every one of us in some way," Souza said.

Organized by the World Heart Federation as a means of raising awareness for heart health and encouraging people and health policymakers to act, the first World Heart Day took place in 2000, and is held on September 29th each year. 

About CDI College
For more than 45 years, CDI College has been a leading career training institution helping thousands of students achieve career goals and aspirations. With over 25 campuses across Canada, CDI College offers hands-on training from experienced instructors in a wide range of business, technology, healthcare, early childhood education, art and design, legal studies, and trades programs. CDI College's practical, hands-on learning experiences prepare students to enter the working world with the skills they need to succeed.

About Heart and Stroke
'Life. We don't want you to miss it.' That's why Heart & Stroke works to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. We must generate the next medical breakthroughs, so Canadians don't miss out on precious moments. Over the last 60 years, we have invested more than $1.45 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.


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