500,000 steps for health care!

Mike de Jong, MLA for Abbostford West, in action.

FIFTY-SIX participants took a step to help health care on Saturday (February 9) to support the second annual fitness event for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF) Step Up 4 Cardiac Health.

“As a group we took on over half a million steps” remarked an invigorated Liz Harris, Executive Director.  “It was amazing to see the amount of people who came out to support Step Up 4 Cardiac Health as we doubled last year’s participation”.

Each lap is 694 steps and takes approximately seven minutes to complete. The record for the most laps this year was 24 laps on the stairs which was double last year’s record.  If stairs were not your thing participants could also walk the concourse; the record for the concourse is 31 laps.

The participants helped raise over $4,000. This has fully funded a Connex Spot Monitor for the Cardiac Health Unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital.  The Connex Spot Monitor provides automatic vital signs measurement. The device connects wirelessly to nursing stations and sends real time vitals to the patient chart from the point of care to help improve efficiency.

Step Up 4 Cardiac Health was hosted at the Abbotsford Center.  “We are grateful for the support from the Center that made this event possible despite the cold winds” said Harris.

The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation continues to fund vital equipment and programs for Abbotsford Regional Hospital, all funds raised in Abbotsford support Abbotsford.

For more information or to support the Cardiac Health Unit, visit www.fvhcf.ca or call the FVHCF office at 1-877-661-0314.