Heart campaign to launch in Hunstanton

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A new health trainer project designed to improve the heart health of men and fight one of the county’s biggest killers is being launched in Hunstanton.

Nearly one in five men in the UK die from heart disease, the Hearty Lives project has been set up to try to reduce this figure by offering free one-to-one support, family activities, sports and cooking classes.

Men are being invited to take part in the project with sessions beginning in the Hunstanton area from Thursday, April 24.

The first session is a free party at Farmer Fred’s adventure playbarn, Heacham, where men of all ages are also invited to take their pre-school aged children along.

Children can enjoy some healthy local food and can take part in pizza-making while the adults find out more about other free Hearty Lives activities in the area.

Coordinated locally by Norfolk County Council Public Health, Hearty Lives West Norfolk is a British Heart Foundation funded programme that hopes to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Hearty Lives participants are welcome to suggest any lifestyle activities that interest them which will then be considered by the group, and family members are welcome to come along too.

Dan Roper, cabinet member for public protection at Norfolk County Council said: “The Hearty Lives project is about raising awareness of heart disease and supporting people in making healthier choices to improve the health of the heart.

“We want to encourage as many people as possible to take up the opportunities offered by the project.”

Lucy Macleod, interim director of public health at Norfolk County Council said: “Nationally, one in five men dies from heart disease.

“This figure can be changed and we want to support men to live life for the better.

“I hope that men in Hunstanton will also get their friends and family involved in this programme as it is vital we all work together to take care of our hearts.”

Richard Bird, Norfolk County Councillor for Hunstanton said: “This is a good initiative and the people from this area will really benefit from the information and support provided.

“I hope that with the help from this project, our community will be better equipped with the knowledge and confidence needed to fight heart disease.”

Diane Card, British Heart Foundation Area Development Manager said: “British Heart Foundation are very excited to be funding this project in West Norfolk as it is targeting a key area of the community. If people can make a few small changes to their lifestyle it will make huge differences to their heart health and reduce their chances of 
developing coronary heart disease.”

The first Hearty Lives event takes place at Farmer Fred’s adventure playbarn on Thursday, April 24, from 11am-1pm. Places are limited, so please call Hunstanton Children’s Centre on 01485 534228 to book your place.

A minibus will run to and from the Children’s Centre.

For up to date session times and locations visit www.norfolkslivingwell.org.uk/heartylives or contact the Health Trainer Service on 01553 782629.