Make Death Wait

I’ve partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation this year by signing up for the Ride for Heart (and I still need lots of donations to hit my fundraising goal :) ).

Take a look at some of the statistics published on the Make Death Wait website:

Millions of Canadians are still at risk, and will be, for generations to come. More than 50,000 strokes, 70,000 heart attacks and up to 45,000 cardiac arrests occur every year

  • The incidence of stroke is expected to double in the next 10 years
  • Canadian children are the first generation poised for shorter lives than their parents
  • $20.9 billion is spent annually on heart disease and stroke

Their goal is to have Canadians pledge ONE  MILLION actions by the end of February (Heart month) to make death wait.  These can be actions to help you get moving, change your eating, whatever you can change or add to make your heart healthier.

Just training for this ride has already improved my health.  I’ve significantly increased my cardio workouts in the last month.  I’ve been on the stationary bike on Saturdays.  Yesterday I did my longest ride yet at 20km.  Plus I’ve pushed up my cardio on other workout days on the elliptical, the rowing machine, and more biking.

The key to my commitment over the last month has been having a partner.  Brad and I now coordinate our fitness schedule for the week.  We try to get to the gym together at least twice a week.  This makes me far more accountable if I know I’m meeting him to workout.

The team at the Heart and Stroke Foundation would like to invite you to make a change to help make death wait.  We’ve got a giveaway for you.

Prize pack includes:

Valued at over $150, the prize pack includes:

  • A live or virtual nutrition counseling session with a HSF registered dietitian,
  • heart-healthy cookbook,
  • pedometer,
  • measuring spoons,
  • water bottle, and
  • reusable HSF bag.

Contest open to Canadians.  How to enter:

  • leave a comment here telling me what healthy action you’re taking this year

Contest open until 11:59 pm EST January 17th.

Also (and not required) we would love you to head on over to the website and pledge your action as well!

What can you do to MAKE DEATH WAIT? (note: if you’re commenting and NOT entering the contest can you please note that, thank you!!!)

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25 Responses to Make Death Wait

  1. MizFit says:

    YAY for stuffs open to Canadians :)
    not entering

  2. Genevieve says:

    This year, to keep being healthy, I am maintaining my exercise routine, which includes running at least 3 times a week. To be even healthier, I am trying to cut back on my sugar intake and replace candy/sweets with fruit.

    My grandmother passed away from a stroke a couple of years ago, so the Heart and Stroke Foundation is one that is very important to me! Great work Morgan!

  3. Eden says:

    I’m going to incorporate healthier eating habits into my student-lifestyle and be active everyday!

  4. Dana says:

    After finishing two half-marathons, I’m running my first full marathon this year! I’m equal parts excited and terrified. Good luck on the epic bike ride!

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      Excited and terrified is how I feel about my 75 km ride too!

      When is your marathon?

      • Dana says:

        The last Sunday in May. I’m running the Ottawa Race Weekend because 1) I live in Ottawa so I’ll have all my family and friends to cheer for me and 2) It’s really, really flat. Some days, these reasons seem equally important ;)

  5. Emily says:

    This year I’m not only recommitting myself to my exercise goals and a dedication to clean eating, but I’m also actively trying to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety in my life with meditation and acupuncture!

  6. First of all, I love the Make Death Wait commercials. I knew exactly what you were going to talk about when I saw the title of this post.

    Ok. So, I’m trying to run more, and drop that last bit of belly fat I have left over. That’s a healthy action. I’m also putting a lot more consideration into what I’m eating. I’ve cut off the booze (for now) and even cut back on the cheese because I figured one person should never go through two blocks of cheese a week. That’s just not ok.

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      until those commercials I totally thought that heart disease, stroke, etc, was more prevalent in men … I didn’t realize how much it affected women too!

      kudos to you for giving up the wine and cheese … it must have been my good example (oh wait, I didn’t set that good of an example I just cried and cried about missing foods I wanted didn’t I :P )

  7. My focus to stay healthy this year was to cut out bad liquids and input better ones!! I have so far cut out all pops and sugary super drinks. I have replaced it with herbal teas and ALOT of water. The headaches have finally started to ease which is a sign my body is getting better :)

    Looking forward to reading more on your training progress!! And Woo Hoo for contests!

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      ah yes I saw that you were going to cut down on the pop, glad it’s working so far! I know that it can be super hard, I’ve had friends who’ve done it

      and yes I love being contacted by companies for Canadian friendly giveaways!!!!! hooray :)

  8. I am officially running my first marathon! I stopped running a couple years ago and really felt it. Getting back into it this past 8 months (completing a half-marathon in September), and now training for a marathon in April makes me feel so much healthier and stronger. It has also bettered my mental health which is a huge bonus. Since running has increased my fitness level, this has coincided with a goal to eat better and be healthier in general (which means little to no fast food and MORE WATER!).

    • Morgan @ Life After Bagels says:

      so exciting! Where are you running your first marathon?

      Isn’t it great that exercise kind of has roll over effect on the rest of our lives? It kinds of forces us to fuel better and drink more water so that we can keep it up.

  9. Laura says:

    Me and yoga are best friends again. Which makes me very happy, I missed her. Knowing that things such a heart disease, diabetes, and a slue of other diseases can be prevented or at least controlled by diet and exercise has me looking at my actions in a whole new light.

  10. Jessica Sinclair says:

    I am going to continue on the no meat path and make it a habit to have a green smootie for breakfast during the week which will cut down my bread consumption. I have also commited to working out at least 3 times a week, with some meditation in between.

  11. jenn says:

    I have been running for a while, but have signed to runthe Ottawa. Race Weekend Marathon. It will be my very first marathon and I will be running it the weekend before I get married!

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  13. Tania says:

    Big thing for me is controlling stress…This year I am committing to doing my heart & mind good by trying to reduce stress. I’m doing this with Yoga & massage & surrounding myself with the people who support me the most!

  14. Natalie says:

    I’m going to try and increase my running endurance, which I had once upon a time. I’m also going to practice yoga and/or pilates once a week in an aim to reduce my stress level.

  15. After attending a talk by Dr. Marla Shapiro, I realized how central fitness and healthy eating are to EVERYTHING… the obvious things like heart health, but even things like dimentia and cancer. This helped me to reframe my thinking. This year, I truly am working to MAKE DEATH WAIT for the long term instead of just eating well and exercising to look and feel good today. Thanks for helping to spread the word on this great cause!

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