Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in North America. Understanding the importance of heart health and how to achieve this is crucial in order to live a healthy life. This video outlines how you can improve your heart health by using plant-based diets and by incorporating physical activity.

This video was designed by McMaster University students in the Advanced Science Communication and Knowledge Translation Program (Health science 4D03) Kiran Mann, Marija Damjanovksa, Veronica Iskander and Rishi Mohan (graduating year 2020), in collaboration with Dr Greg Curnew, McMaster University. The purpose of the 4D03 class is to work in a small cross-disciplinary group and collaborate with a community partner to develop educational material on various scientific topics.

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