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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

Happy Hearts Plus is a 6-month, medically-supervised program for people with or at risk of heart disease who are ready to make a lifestyle change.

Happy Hearts Maintenance

Happy Hearts Maintenance is a follow-up program for people who have completed a hospital-based, rehabilitation program within the past year. The program also provides continued support to graduates of Happy Hearts Plus.

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

Kensington Community Centre

Kensington Community Centre

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 Community Centre

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.

Exercise programs you can access with Happy Hearts

Fitness centres in Vancouver

Fitness centres

Find information about our 25 fitness centres; their services, amenities, equipment, costs, location, and more.

Public swim schedules

Swimming pools

Find information about our nine indoor and five outdoor seasonal pools; their locations, features, and amenities.

Ice rinks in Vancouver

Ice rinks

Find information about our eight indoor ice rinks. We have year-round ice rinks and in the summer some have dry floor activities.

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