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Hardy Hearts

Hardy Heart members on rowing machineThe Waterloo Regional Cardiac Rehabilitation Foundation Inc. (also known as Hardy Hearts) provides medically supervised, individually prescribed exercise training and education on healthy lifestyle modification for individuals who have cardiovascular disease.

Our participants include those who have had heart attacks, heart by-pass surgery, angioplasty, or who are at risk of developing heart disease due to high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, genetics, smoking, stress, and physical inactivity. Hardy Hearts offers these services to all residents of Waterloo Region.

Founded in 1975 by Dr. Ron Fowlis and Professor Michael Sharratt, the program operates out of Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario.

For more information, see the Hardy Hearts website.

"The Hardy Hearts program gives you a sense of security knowing that you are in a well supervised environment. The staff and participants are fun, friendly and just a great group of people to be associated with."
– Denise Lowe

Hardy Hearts Health Walk

Hardy Hearts Health Walk logo.The Hardy Hearts Health Walk in Waterloo Park is an annual spring fundraiser for Hardy Hearts. 

Pledge forms are available in the Hardy Heart classes prior to the event or by emailing

Volunteers are also needed to assist with the organization and running of this event. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Contact Hardy Hearts

For information or questions regarding Hardy Hearts, please contact the program coordinators directly at 519-497-7049 or