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I know the 2010 Olympics are half over here in Vancouver, but here is some interesting food for thought on the amount of $$ that went into the Games and what else it could have been spent on:

From Mathew Good

The What Ifs…

“What could we have done with all that money? Well….

Healthcare: The cost of the Olympics could have funded the construction of 6 state of the art hospitals to replace St. Paul’s.


Seismic Upgrades For Schools At Risk: The cost of the Olympics could have funded the entire budget of the seismic-upgrading program four times over for schools in British Columbia. As it stands now, only 32 out of hundreds of elementary and secondary schools have been upgraded as of last year.

Education: The cost of the Olympics could cover the four-year tuition fees of 345,383 UBC arts students – or 314,004 UBC science students – or 287,853 UBC engineering students – or 100,963 UBC medical students.
The cost of the Olympics could pay the salaries of UBC’s 587 full professors for 73 years.
The cost of the Olympics could cover the cost of educating every elementary and secondary student in the Province for roughly a year and a half.

Government: The cost of the Olympics could fund the Premier’s office for 500 years.
The cost of the Olympics could have paid the entire public service payroll of British Columbia for 2 years.
The cost of the Olympics could have allowed the Provincial government to waive property tax for 6 years and sales tax for over a year.
The cost of the Olympics could have funded all of the social welfare programs on the Lower Eastside – including food banks and social housing – that receive Federal, Provincial, and Municipal funding for more than 16 years.
The cost of the Olympics could have built roughly 20,000 units of social housing.
The cost of the Olympics could have afforded the city the ability to hire 3,000 new police officers and pay them, with full benefits, for 20 years.

Security: On average, every family in British Columbia will be paying $300 towards security costs during the games. Spread out over the country’s entire population of 34 million, every Canadian would be paying $26 dollars.
During the games, the military presence in Vancouver will be the largest since the Second World War.
The total cost of security is more than VANOC’s initial assessment of what the Olympics as a whole would cost.
$79 million dollars of the security budget is being used to house military and police personnel on three cruise ships.
Security costs include $29 million dollars for new computers and $6 million dollars for new radios.
BC Ferries will receive $15 million dollars for security upgrades even though no events are taking place on any of the coast islands to which they sail.
The Canada Border Services Agency is receiving $15 million dollars in supplemental funding.
The original security budget for the games was $175 million. It is currently hovering around the billion dollar mark.”

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This woman has heart disease.

When you think of heart health, what pops into your head? A stereotypical image of a middle-aged male sporting a belly? Well, ladies, you might be surprised to hear that you or I could be just as likely to develop heart disease. In fact, cardiovascular disease is an equal opportunity killer. It is Canada’s leading cause of death among women AND men alike.

Women typically rally against “female killers” like cancers of the breast, ovary or cervix. Runs, walks, fundraisers and pink, lavender and grey ribbons abound. These are all great causes and health issues that women should continue to support and be aware of, but would it hurt to add one more? It might actually hurt more if we don’t. Because many women still think of cardiovascular disease as a man’s disease and may not be aware of their own risk factors, the disease can go unnoticed until it’s too late.

As a 27-year-old female, 5’10” and around 135 pounds, I don’t exactly look like the poster child for heart disease, but I have been monitoring my cholesterol since I was about 15-years-old. In addition to my inflexible gene, I was also given the high-cholesterol gene. When I say I have been “monitoring” my cholesterol, all I mean is that every year or two I get a blood test, get some results and nod as the doc tells me I need to do something about it through exercise and healthy eating or I may be forced to look at medication options in the next five to ten years.

I nod in understanding and stop eating Turtles chocolate ice cream for a while. I picture red wine, as I drink it, flowing through my veins, cleaning them out. Red wine is good for your heart right?? *Sigh* I can’t keep up.

But, as my friends and I head towards or past 30, I am starting to consider my health more. A few years ago someone told me that the body you have at 30 is the body you have for life. I don’t know if this is entirely true or not, but what has stuck with me is the notion that as I get older, I do have to pay more attention to my health. I will really only have me to blame in the end…and those darn genes, of course.

So, next Saturday, November 28, I am heading to St. Paul’s Hospital for a free heart health forum and health fair being held specifically for WOMEN!

Women’s Heart Health Forum & Health Fair

Saturday, November 28, 2009
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.)
Health fair: 11:30 – 1:30
New Lecture Theatre, Level 1
St. Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver

At the forum, leading cardiac experts from the Providence Heart + Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital will be speaking on:

• The journey from symptoms to treatment
• Pregnancy & heart health
• Coping with the risk factors of heart disease: a woman’s perspective
• What is a woman to do? Preventing cardiovascular disease in women

If you are interested, you can read the bios ahead of time: http://www.heartandlung.ca/women-s-heart-health-forum-speakers/.

After the forum, you can have your risk factors assessed and speak with dietitians, exercise therapists, psychologists and other experts. I plan on grilling these people about simple changes I can make, what all the numbers actually mean on my cholesterol test results and if eating twenty kalamata olives in one sitting might be bad for me…

The forum is free to the public but because space is limited, organizers are asking women to RSVP to nordano@providencehealth.bc.ca or 604-806-9139.

Share this with the women you know and take care of your heart!

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