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Happy Hearts

Happy Hearts programs are for people with or at risk of heart disease.

Both the Happy Heart Plus and Happy Hearts Maintenance programs include supervised exercise classes, educational seminars, and support from health professionals. They are available throughout the year at participating community centres.

Who is Happy Hearts for?

People living with heart disease:

  • Heart attack
  • Angina
  • Angioplasty
  • Open heart surgery

People at risk of heart disease:

  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Strong family history of premature coronary artery disease

Happy Hearts Plus includes:

  • A medically-supervised and case-managed program personalized to you
  • Instructor-led group exercise classes twice a week
  • Weekly advice and consultation with your own Happy Hearts coordinator
  • Weekly one-hour educational workshops on setting goals, managing stress, healthy nutrition, blood pressure, and physical activity
  • Support and consultation with a cardiologist, as needed
  • 6 months participation
  • Unlimited access to fitness centres, swimming pools, and ice rinks operated by the Vancouver Park Board*

* Some restrictions apply depending on the facility.

Location and cost

Dunbar Community Centre and Kensington Community Centre. Upon registration, ask for a special Happy Hearts Flexipass at one of these locations. The cost is equivalent to adult and senior rates for the regular Flexipass.

How to join Happy Hearts Plus

  1. Have your doctor complete the 2-page referral form. Referral forms are also available at Kensington Community Centre and Dunbar Community Centre.
  2. Fax your referral form to 604-875-5794 or drop the form off at Kensington Community Centre or Dunbar Community Centre.
  3. A Happy Hearts Coordinator will contact you to set up your enrollment and pre-requisite tests if needed.

 Happy Hearts Maintenance includes:

  • Instructor-led group exercise classes once a week
  • Weekly one-hour educational workshops (optional)
  • Year round participation
  • Unlimited access to fitness centres, swimming pools, and ice rinks operated by the Vancouver Park Board*

* Some restrictions apply depending on the facility.

There are new Happy Hearts Maintenance classes at Champlain Heights Fitness Centre – contact 604-718-6575 for details.

Location and cost

Dunbar Community Centre, Kensington Community Centre, and Champlain Heights Community Centre. Upon registration, ask for a special Happy Hearts Flexipass at one of these locations. The cost is is equivalent to adult and senior rates for the regular Flexipass.

How to join Happy Hearts Maintenance

  1. Have your Cardiac Rehab Case Manager complete the 1-page referral form. Forms are also available at Kensington Community Centre, Dunbar Community Centre, or Champlain Community Centre.
  2. Once you have graduated from your cardiac rehab program, register in-person at Kensington Community Centre, Dunbar Community Centre, or Champlain Community Centre for your maintenance exercise class.

About the Happy Hearts programs

The Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) Centre for Cardiovascular Health created Happy Hearts as community-based programs for people who have or are at risk of heart disease. VGH runs the program in partnership with the Saint Paul’s Hospital Healthy Heart program and the Vancouver Park Board.

Free workshops

Curious? Attend one of our weekly education workshops, "Education for Life: Learning Healthy Living for a Healthy Life." Admission is free, but registration is required. Call Linda Sung, Happy Hearts Coordinator, at 604-875-4111, extension 68086.

More information:

Happy Hearts locations

Champlain Heights Community Centre in Vancouver

Champlain Heights

The Champlain Heights Community Centre is located at 3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver. Amenities include a youth centre, preschool childcare, indoor cycling, a dance studio, squash and racquetball courts, and a fitness centre with sauna. Outside, there is a tennis court and playground.

Kensington Community Centre

Kensington

Kensington Community Centre amenities include a dance studio, pottery studio, indoor pool, fitness centre, gym, playground, and seniors centre. The centre is located at 5175 Dumfries St, Vancouver, BC. 604-718-6200.

Dunbar Community Centre

Dunbar

The Dunbar Community Centre is located at 4747 Dunbar St, Vancouver, BC. 604-222-6060. Amenities include a fitness centre, dance studio, pottery programs for children, indoor cycling, tennis courts, outdoor sport courts, gymnasium, squash courts, darkroom and playground.

 Currently, Champlain Heights Community Centre only offers the Happy Hearts Maintenance program.

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