CCCN’s national advocacy slogan is "Health Promotion starts with Us". This slogan encourages nurses to take care of their own cardiovascular health by increasing physical activity, minimizing stress, choosing healthy foods and choosing to be tobacco free. CCCN advocates that as healthcare professionals we have a responsibility to try to maintain our own cardiovascular health. In other words, to practice what we preach to our patients!
CCCN works collaboratively with the Heart and Stroke foundation at the local, provincial and national levels in promoting a heart healthy lifestyle for patients, their family members and the general public. In addition, CCCN contributes to the development of policies or guidelines established by other national organizations such as Hypertension Canada/Canadian Hypertension Education Program Tools, the National Sodium Policy and the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Health Check Symbol for Food labeling and Restaurant menu's.
CCCN's Annual Scientific Sessions features a Health Promotion Plenary Speaker who is invited to educate, motivate and challenge CCCN members to promote and participate in public health promotion activities and policy development with respect to cardiovascular health. Thirty minutes prior to the plenary session, a health promotion activity session is featured to promote caring for ourselves as cardiovascular nurses. Past activities have included yoga sessions, pilates, the benefits of walking and zumba dance!