First, let me give you some great news. Mortality rates from cardiovascular diseases have never been lower. Over the second half of the 20th century, heart disease and stroke went from representing half of the deaths in Canada to a quarter, thanks largely to the decline of smoking, plus advances in medicine.

The bad news is, we’re not preventing these illnesses, merely living with them. And it’s expensive. Canada spends $20-billion a year (that’s the budget of 100Transformers movies) in medical costs for cardiovascular disease. Here’s some more bad news: 26 per cent of Canadian children are overweight and 8 per cent are obese.

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