Heart Truth Fashion Show By Stephanie Laichi
During the World Master Card Fall Fashion Week in Toronto, I had the pleasure of attending the Heart Truth Fashion Show, an event sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. All charities fight for the greater good and for global awareness, but what the Heart Truth did was different, they didn’t tell you that eating well and exercising equaled a healthy heart they showed you.
I don’t want to go on about how amazing the foundation is or why you should donate, because you can make the decision for yourself at thehearttruth.ca. What I am going to say, was when I saw 91-year-old Gladys Wenger walk down the runway in full spirits and high energy, I was inspired. I instantly wanted to be Wenger, maybe not her age (just yet), but eventually, I’d like to be. Ask any of my friends and they’d tell you; my diet is not picture perfect. Looking back at what I ate this week and thinking about how harmful it’ll all be to my body in the long run is embarrassing. It’s embarrassing because I know better. Wenger doesn’t just know better, she lives better.
Information is power, but only if you put it to use. I’ve heard the positive side effects of eating well and having an active lifestyle but like smokers will tell you, “these days, everything is bad for you,” and that’s not true. Small changes in your diet and lifestyle can provide long-term benefits. Just ask Wenger, or any of the other seniors and heart and stroke survivors who walked the runway that night.
So whenever I think I don’t have time to eat well, I’m going to make the time. I’m going to think about the 91 year old who still has the energy to play street hockey – because that my friend, is real motivation!