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Spotlight on Health is a monthly newsletter featuring health tips, profiles of doctors making a difference around Ontario, and recent news from the Ontario Medical Association

Dr. Steven Cusimano:
A medical practice with heart

For Dr. Steven Cusimano, compassion, family and community are at the centre of his practice.
The sixth of eight children in an Italian-Canadian family, Cusimano, a family doctor from Stoney Creek, looked up to his older siblings growing up. Two of his older brothers are also physicians – one a neurosurgeon and the other a cardiovascular surgeon.
“When I was in high school, they were in university and medical school. I saw what they were doing and they really inspired my interest in medicine,” he says.
It was the death of his grandfather from a heart attack that cemented his decision to go into medicine. His grandfather was “never sick a day in his life.”
“To see him go from being a healthy man to seeing him in the hospital in the weakened state ignited a flame that is still burning in me to this day to help people in need,” he says.

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Tips to keep your Heart Healthy

February is Heart Month and to help you get & keep your heart in top shape, we're sharing tips from Dr. Andrew Pipe of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

  • If you smoke, quit.
  • You can pick your friends, but not your relatives - know your family heart history.
  • It's true - an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Adults should aim to eat seven to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
  • A journey begins with a single step. Aim for 10,000 steps per day (wearing a pedometer will help you keep track).
Check out more Heart Health tips
Ontario’s doctors & rural municipal leaders
look to improve access to care

Dr. Albert Schumacher speaks with Councillor Karen Sharpe from Quinte West at the annual ROMA conference last month.

Ontario doctors living and working in rural areas of the province have a lot to say about how to meet the needs of patients across the province.
That’s why the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) took part in the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) annual conference, an event that brings together more than 600 rural elected officials, stakeholders and government leaders to talk about issues of importance – including health care.
The conference provided a vital opportunity for doctors from rural areas to meet with elected officials, and to hear first-hand about the challenges rural residents are facing when it comes to accessing care.

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