Born out of a partnership between SportMedBC, UBC and Hearts in Training, I∙SPARC’s HealthBeat is a complimentary program offered to the following Healthy Living programs: Indigenous RunWalk, Honour Your Health Challenge and FitNation.
HealthBeat raises awareness of the power of physical activity by offering screenings that allow participants to learn about their physical health regarding heart disease and diabetes and to experience the positive benefits of regular physical activity.
Participants are tested before and after multi-week programs, allowing them to track tangible health improvements as a result of their increased physical activity. Pre and post screenings include:
- Risk factors for heart disease and diabetes
- Blood pressure and grip strength test
- Total cholesterol, good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, non-fasting blood glucose and A1C
- 6-minute aerobic fitness test
- Wellness Consultation and review of results
I·SPARC’s HealthBeat team has worked with communities to independent HealthBeat screenings. Local health professionals are trained and provided access to equipment and supplies to support the program. The aim of this initiative is sustainability and to expand the reach of HealthBeat in communities across BC.
Since 2012, HealthBeat has screened a total of 1,780 participants across the province.
If you are a healthy living leader who would like to bring HealthBeat to your community, the next application intake is November 2019.