Are you a patient of the Heart Institute who is looking for a way to say “THANK YOU”? Consider applying for a position on the Patient Alumni Board of Directors.

Who are we? The Patient Alumni is a diverse community of almost 20,000 members that includes University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) patients, family members, friends and caregivers.  The Patient Alumni gratefully supports the UOHI by advocating on behalf of patients, informing the community of advancements within the UOHI in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, and by endorsing selected projects and services…

Posted on November 20, 2020

Celebrating the Holidays – Recipe Favourites

Holidays this year are likely to look a little different as we keep our distance to keep each other healthy.  Even with smaller gatherings, food – both making and eating it – can be a large part of holiday traditions. Wherever home is for you during the holidays, here are some tips to help you celebrate them in a heart healthy way.   Have a…

Posted on November 19, 2020

UOHI wants your input on Patient Resources!

At the UOHI, we believe that patients and caregivers are equal and active team members in patient care. To that end, patient guides, videos, booklets, tracking tools and other resources are created to help you and your loved ones actively and fully take part in decision-making about your care. Please help us by completing the following short survey (should take about 5 – 10…

Posted on November 17, 2020

JUMP IN™ – Thank you for $155,000!

In September, the Heart Institute Foundation, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, brought us JUMP IN™ – a new virtual event supporting women’s heart health. The challenge was to complete 30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days. Over 2,000 participants across Canada completed more than 1.8 million minutes of activity! $155,000 was raised to support the Ottawa Heart Institute and the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre.

Posted on November 10, 2020

Virtual Cooking Class: Chicken Scallopini and Seasonal Vegetables

You are invited to join us for our Patient Alumni virtual cooking class on Tuesday, November 17th at 5:30 pm.  Chef Samir Elamri will lead us through the creation of this savoury dish that you can make at home.  At the end of the event, you can enjoy your homemade masterpiece! How will this work? Register for this FREE virtual event (at the link…

Posted on October 26, 2020

Results from the Patient Alumni Social Media Survey

This summer we surveyed our readers regarding our social media channels – thanks to everyone who responded!  Here’s what we learned. Based on survey responses, of the three social media platforms that the Patient Alumni Association is using, Facebook is the primary platform used.  Only small groups of alumni follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Readers confirmed that they’re interested in seeing posts on…

Posted on September 16, 2020

What’s for Lunch?

Whether you’re thinking about school lunches, trying to plan ahead for the workweek or simply trying to maintain a healthy pattern of eating, lunch is an important meal that helps fuel your body throughout the day. The UOHI Top 10 Tips for Healthy Eating and the Eating Healthy section on the Prevention & Wellness Centre website are great reference tools and provide many suggestions…

Posted on September 15, 2020

Living in COVID Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has been many things – concerning, unprecedented and full of unknowns – and there has been a wide range of reactions and approaches to dealing with it. We interviewed four individuals – all heart patients – who generously shared their experiences of this time so far. Their stories present a few of the many diverse ways that our community has been…

Posted on August 25, 2020

Jump In for the Hearts You Love!

We have exciting news to share! The University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation is JUMPING IN for Women’s Heart Health with a virtual 30-day challenge to celebrate your commitment to staying active in your own space, at your own pace in support of Canadian Women’s Heart Health. For 30 days, mix and match your favorite activities to complete 30 minutes of physical activity each…

Posted on August 19, 2020

Some Refreshing Drink Recipes to Keep your Cool

It’s summertime, which means plenty of hot days and some heat waves. Fluids play many important roles in our body and help to keep us healthy and hydrated.  It’s important to drink enough fluids on hot and humid days, no matter what you’re doing. Hydration is key to keeping your body functioning well and drinking water is the best source.  Remember that not all…

Posted on July 27, 2020

Adapting to a changing context with Prevention and Rehabilitation

Over the last few months, the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation team at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute has adapted in innovative and creative ways to continue supporting patients in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The variety of programs and services offered to patients, such as exercise programs, cardiac rehabilitation and women’s heart health services typically happen in person and onsite. With…

Posted on July 23, 2020

Running through the Summer with Team Heart

Team Heart has been raising funds for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) Foundation by participating in Ottawa Race Weekend for the past three years.  The Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is the biggest multi-distance race event in Canada and has the largest marathon in Canada. The event provides a wide range of options for any skill level – from a 2km walk with your family…

Posted on June 24, 2020