For Immediate Release
May 25, 2017
Challenge Accepted; 5th Annual Heart Breaker Challenge Set to take place Saturday 

WHAT:
Over 1,500 participants are set to take the challenge at the 5th annual Heart Breaker event taking place this Saturday at Malden Park.  This year's Challenge features 17 obstacles over a 6 km course, promising a muddy and fun experience for all. 
                       
  The motto "get fit, get dirty, give back" captures the Heart Breaker experience.  As an untimed event, Heart Breaker is a fun event for individuals of all fitness levels.  One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the event stay local, benefitting the Cardiac Wellness Centre and Pulmonary Rehab Programs at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH).  Since its debut in 2013, the Heart Breaker Challenge has raised over $200,000 for the two programs. 

A cheque presentation will occur at 2pm to present proceeds from the 2016 Heart Breaker Challenge. 

WHEN:
Saturday, May 27, 2017,  Gates Open at 1pm, Cheque Presentation 2pm, First Wave 2:20 pm, Last Wave 4:00 pm
WHERE:
Malden Park, 4300 Matchette Road, Windsor ON

For more information visit   www.heartbreakerchallenge.com or like the Heart Breaker Challenge Facebook page www.facebook.com/heartbreakerchallenge .  


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Media Contact:
Bill Marra, VP, External Affairs, Executive Director, Changing Lives Together Foundation
(519) 919-0033 (cell)


About the Cardiac Wellness Program

The Cardiac Wellness Program is a 6 month medically managed cardiac rehabilitation program that assists participants following a cardiac event. The Program consists of twice weekly supervised exercise sessions, 6 mandatory education classes, and individual counseling sessions with specific members of the interdisciplinary team when appropriate.  The program supports 500 participants annually. In February we held a grand opening of 9,900 square feet new facility.  All made possible through donor dollars.
 
The interdisciplinary team also offers a Pulmonary Rehab Program, a 16 week program that assists people after being diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  Through three weekly exercise sessions and an educational component, the program aims to maintain or improve exercise tolerance and quality of life for participants, as well as reduce dyspnea and hospital readmission rates.


About Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is a premium healthcare centre offering Rehabilitation Services; Specialized Mental Health & Addictions; Complex Medical and Palliative Care; and Children and Youth Mental Health Services. HDGH has a unique blended model of specialized inpatient beds; outpatient residential beds; as well as outpatient and community services. 

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