PHA Canada’s monthly electronic newsletter
Vol 2. No. 3 March 2012

In this issue:

Registration Now Open for PH Kids Golf Classic

The 1st Annual PH Kids Golf Classic is being held at the Mill Run Golf Course in Uxbridge, Ontario on Saturday, May 12th.   The funds raised through the PH Kids Golf Classic will go to support the work of PHA Canada through projects that will assist children with PH and their families through educational opportunities, and a portion of the funds raised will go to the establishment of a Conference Scholarship Fund to allow families the opportunity to attend the 2012 International PH Conference in Orlando, Florida. PH Kids Golf is committed to assisting as many PH Kids as possible to attend this life-changing event.
This wonderful event is being organized by PH Parents Bonnie and Keith Blenkinsop and their committee.  The day will consist of 18 holes of golf, prizes, lunch and a grand buffet dinner.  There are many ways to get involved by golfling, sponsoring a portion of the event, attending the dinner and more.  For more information or to register or sponsor this event, please visit
BCPHS 18th Annual Charity Curling Funspiel & Auction 

The 18th Annual Charity Curling Funspiel will take place at the Richmond Winter Club in Richmond, British Columbia on Saturday, March 31st from 3:30 to 11:00 PM. This event will include curling, a silent auction and more and is sponsored by Pacific Coastal Airlines.   Auction items include weekend getaways, sports memorabilia, fishing trips and more.   For more information or to register for this event, contact 

The Power of One: From Kitchen Table to Around the World - PHA 10th International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions, Orlando, Florida 

In 1990, four women gathered around a kitchen table in Florida and started an organization that would become the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA). PHA has served as the center point of the US PH community's progress toward new research and treatments, increased awareness, education and support for the people who live and work with this disease on a daily basis. In celebration of PHA's 10th International PH Conference and Scientific Sessions, the conference will be returning to the state where the journey began over 20 years ago.

Celebrating this special 10th International PH Conference in Florida provides the PH community with the perfect opportunity to look back at the progress that has been made since the groundwork was first laid around that kitchen table for research, advocacy and education. While the PHamily - including patients, caregivers, researchers, physicians, nurses and everyone else who lives with, works with or knows about PH - has expanded greatly since 1990, PHA will always consider Florida as the heart and home of their organization thanks to what their four founders accomplished there.

      More information can be found on the PHA website at  Scholarship opportunities are available for those interested in attending this conference.  You can apply through PHA on their website and PHA Canada is also pleased to be offering a scholarship fund for this event.  To receive your copy of our scholarship form, please contact us at

Toronto Conference Recordings Are Now Available
PHA Canada is pleased to announce that the audio recordings from our 2011 National Conference in Toronto are now available on our website at  Please visit the website to listen to recordings of all the sessions that took place throughout the weekend and also view the conference video which includes highlights from the weekend as well as clips for interviews from many attendees.


 Butternut Squash Gratin

1 butternut squash, about 1 kg, halved crosswise, then lengthwise, seeded and peeled
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 1⁄2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
2 1⁄4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1⁄3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Quarter the butternut squash pieces lengthwise and then cut each piece crosswise into 1 cm thick chunks. Combine the squash, onion, corn and oil in a large bowl, tossing to coat.
  2. Arrange the vegetables in a 30 x 20 cm (13 x 9 in.) baking dish. Bake until the butternut squash is tender, about 40 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
  3. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the vegetables and bake until melted and golden, about 5 minutes.
Butternut squash gratin variations: For an unusual pasta dish, prepare and bake the vegetables as in steps 1 and 2 above. Chop the vegetables and stir into them a good-quality bottled tomato pasta sauce. Toss the sauce with hot cooked pasta.
serves  4
219 calories
10 g protein
6 g total fat
3 g saturated fat
7 mg cholesterol
30 g total carbohydrate
5 g fibre
112 mg sodium
“Winter Squash” get their wonderful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties from beta-carotene [which the body converts to vit A], and high levels vit C. They also provide good amounts of potassium [good for bone health], vitamin B6 [essential for the immune and nervous systems], and plenty of fibre, making them a heart healthy choice. This super vegetable also provides folate, which adds to the heart healthy aspect, as well as helping guard against birth defects of the spinal cord and brain during pregnancy. All of this....and they are so delicious!!  Look for squash that are firm, free of mold, and heavy for their size. You can store them in a cool dark spot up to a few months.

Preparation Tips: Place a halved squash, seeds out, cut side down on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 – 40 min, or until you can pierce with a fork. Once cooked, mash the squash, puree it in a soup, or fold it into a pasta or risotto dish. If you roast it peeled and chunked, you can add it to salads, stir-fry’s, or casseroles. It also freezes well, mashed or cubed.  Enjoy! 
Chili is another cold weather favorite to warm you up on those chilly winter days.  The following recipe is a low-sodium choice for chili lovers. It is also diabetic friendly.

Recipe provided by Shelley Bean of "Beanstyle" in Sussex, New Brunswick
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