Group shot of women in red shirts
Participants in Wear Red Canada event at Toronto Rehab, Rumsey Cardiac, donated more than $1,000 in personal items to Women’s Habitat shelter.

Wearing red to raise awareness of women's heart health

February is Heart Month in Canada, a time to raise awareness about cardiovascular health.

Did you know that in this country, heart disease is the leading cause of premature death for women, and symptoms of heart disease go unrecognized in 53 per cent of women? However, heart disease is largely preventable: about 80 per cent of risk factors are within a person's control to change.

It's time for a heart-to-heart…

On Feb. 13, for the second year in a row, friends and colleagues of Toronto Rehab's Rumsey Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation team wore red to show support for the Wear Red Canada national campaign, which was started by the Canadian Women's Heart Health Alliance advocacy working group last year.

Patients, staff and community members participated in several learning and awareness events throughout the week. From a hearty meal provided by Bairrada and Grocery Gateway, to entertainment supporting the women in our lives, the event had it all!

Recognizing that socioeconomic status is a predictor of health, participants were also able to help women and children in need by donating more than $1,000 in personal items to the Women's Habitat Shelter.

Congratulations to all that participated in this successful event.

Read more about Wear Red Canada

Watch UHN's Dr. Heather Ross on the important differences in heart health between women and men

Celebrating Teaching and Learning Week across UHN

Brian Hodges
Brian Hodges, Executive Vice President of Education and Chief Medical Officer at UHN, addresses the audience at Michener's Convergence 2020 Conference as part of Teaching and Learning Week.

Every member of TeamUHN plays an important role in supporting the learning of students, trainees, healthcare professionals, peers, patients and families, the public and many others.

Teaching and Learning Week kicked off with the inaugural healthcare education conference – Convergence2020 on Feb. 19. The week's events continue until Feb. 28.

Convergence 2020 featured interactive workshops and other presentations to highlight the amazing work done in healthcare education. The event also hosted teachers and learners from across other Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) hospitals.

Teaching and Learning Week offers everyone in the UHN community and opportunity to connect and support excellence in teaching and learning. Events at booth across UHN throughout the week will celebrate and recognize teaching excellence across our rich ecosystem, and will enable participants to better understand the broad range of opportunities to further develop teaching skills, continue to develop profesionally and learn lifelong in an integrated school and hospital education system.
 
The week is also an opportunity for TeamUHN members to share their knowledge and expertise in how they enable excellence in health professions education in their own practice.


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