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
- Open heart surgery
People at risk of heart disease:
- 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.
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.
- Happy Hearts brochure PDF file (548 KB)
- VGH Centre for Cardiovascular Health - Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre External website, opens in new tab
- Healthy Heart Program at Thunderbird Community Centre External website, opens in new tab, operated by Fraser Health Authority External website, opens in new tab
Happy Hearts locations
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 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.
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.
Exercise programs you can access with Happy Hearts
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