The Sant Nirankari Mission in collaboration with the Heart and Stroke Foundation hosted a free heart health screening clinic on Sunday September 27th, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m at the Sant Nirankari Bhawan Toronto. The motivation behind the clinic was to make the community members aware of the risk they have for cardiovascular diseases, and take action towards living a healthy life style. Especially the South Asians have a 3-5 times greater chance of developing heart disease or stroke.
The event was inaugurated by Dr. Natalia Lishchyna, Councilor from city of Oakville. In a letter of appreciation presented to the Sant Nirankari Mission, Dr. Natalia appreciated Mission’s community outreach initiatives having positive impact on the lives of many Canadians.
During the event, more than 350 community members aged 18 and older were screened. Certified nutritionist for diet advice, and onsite Physicians and Pharmacists were also present allowing for free consultations to occur following the check-up. Individuals were categorized into low, medium, and high risk for heart disease and were provided with case-specific advice on steps that should be taken to improve health.
Firdaus Ali, the head of the South Asian Heart and Stroke Foundation, congratulated the Mission on having one of the best organized clinics that she has ever had the pleasure of attending. She appreciated the Sewadal volunteers for their discipline and organizational skills. In addition, she would look forward to have an on-going partnership with the Mission to work together on similar initiatives in the community at large.
This initiative aligns with the His Holinesses’ vision of selfless service to mankind. The Sant Nirankari Mission in collaboration with the Heart & Stroke Foundation is paving the way to a healthier tomorrow by educating the community and also help remediate the risks for one of the leading causes of death in the South Asian community.