Take 10 minutes to change your life during February

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The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is getting behind the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland’s Heart Month which is encouraging people to take 10 minutes to change their life during February.

This February, the country’s heart charity, with the support of the SHSCT, is urging people to take at least 10 minutes every day to improve their heart health. Whether it’s getting active, making simple food swaps or planning your journey to quit smoking, every little change can make a big difference to your heart health.

Today (Friday) Jane Ferguson, Craigavon Hearty Lives co-ordinator, is working in partnership with Craigavon Tesco to offer an information stand on heart health.

The Verve Health Trainers are holding emergency life support training through the BHF Heart Start scheme to parents in Brownstown throughout February and are hosting a pop up health clinic in Brownlow library on Friday, February 20 at 11am-1pm.

If you are a resident of the Craigavon Neighbourhood Renewal Area you can also visit Northern Pharmacies in Legahory for a free health check.

There is a wide range of physical activities available through the Verve programme and you can find out more by visiting the Verve facebook page at facebook.com/vervecraigavon. Currently over 200 residents have signed up for the pedometer challenge in the Craigavon area. Walking can cut the risk of heart disease by up to 50% and we are delighted to see so many people stepping out to improve their health.

Lynne Smart Acting Head of Health Improvement, from SHSCT, said: “It’s really important that people are given realistic and manageable advice that will fit in to their daily routine as well as improve their health.

“Getting off the bus two stops early, trying a new fruit or getting active during the ad break of your favourite TV show can all help pave the way towards a healthier lifestyle. It’s great to see the BHF urging people to make small changes that can make the biggest difference.

“So don’t worry if you’ve not got loads of time to spare - take on the Heart Month Challenge this February, and take ten minutes each day to give your own heart some love.”

During Heart Month BHF Northern Ireland is offering an email support programme and advice to help people improve their diet, get more active or quit smoking.

For more information about the Heart Month 10 minute challenge visit www.bhf.org.uk/heartmonth or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #10MinChallenge