Physical Activity and Heart Disease


Over 65 people attended the session at the Ritz Canal restaurant, in Ottawa. The informal setting allowed for a vibrant exchange between guests and speakers. For the occasion, a healthy menu was presented to guests who gathered in the scenic room to listen, learn and ask questions while enjoying the nice weather.

Dr. Jennifer Reed, Registered Kinesiologist, Scientist, and Director of the Exercise Physiology and Cardiovascular Health Lab, Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation, gave an insightful presentation on different modes of physical activity for adults with heart disease. In her words, when it comes to physical activity, one size doesn’t need to fit all!

Jennifer Harris, Regional Manager of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation Outreach Program, followed up with an interesting overview of available programs and resources.

Attendees also heard from three former Heart Institute patients who shared their own very personal experience with generosity and emotion. They explained what programs they participated in and what value they got out of them, and advocated for physical activity, each citing their own preferences and goals.

For the first time, the event was live on Facebook! This initiative added to the success of the evening as it allowed more people to join in the conversation. Our experts responded enthusiastically to questions from the audience both on-site and online.

The Patient Alumni thanks members and former patients who took part in the session, as well as volunteers and staff members who helped make the conference a memorable experience.



Don Isaacs

Steven Sharp

Bev Furniss

Dr Reed, Jennifer Harris, Bev Furniss, Anne Auger, Steve Sharp, Don Isaacs, Jean Bilodeau.


For more on the event :

  • Watch the Patient Alumni Conference on Physical Activity on the Heart Institute YouTube chanel
  • Reach the Patient Alumni at or at

And we're live! You're watching a live presentation of "Physical Activity: What Every Adult with Heart Disease Should Know," part of our ongoing Meet the Expert Patient Alumni Speaker Series. Nous sommes en direct! Vous écoutez un exposé (en anglais) sur l'activité physique chez les personnes atteintes de la maladie du coeur, présenté par l'Association des anciens patients dans le cadre de leur série Au coeur de l'expertise.

Posted by University of Ottawa Heart Institute on Tuesday, May 8, 2018