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Harrogate Town FC The Healthy Heart Of The Community

Mon 23rd Mar 2015 | Marketing & PR

Harrogate Town Football Foundation C.I.C is striving to become the heart of the community thanks to a Healthy Heart grant from Yorkshire-based national charity Heart Research UK.

The Harrogate Town Foundation CIC has been awarded nearly £10,000 to run three different programmes aimed at adults with high risks of heart disease, families who are at risk of developing heart conditions and pregnant women who were overweight, smokers or substance takers before they were pregnant.

The project has emerged to challenge national statistics that show 33% of year 6 children are overweight or obese which continues in to adulthood with 64% of adults being overweight or obese.

Adults and families in the Harrogate district will be asked to join the 10 weekly prevention programmes that will actively promote heart health.  They will be a combination of fitness classes and discussions based on balanced diets and good lifestyle choices.

A programme offering antenatal exercises and health education for pregnant women aims to educate women on the importance of keeping healthy during pregnancy and how unhealthy choices can impact the child’s future.

The year-long programme hopes to reach up to 280 people and educate them on how healthy eating, physical activity and addressing hereditary and age issues can help prevent heart disease whilst bringing the local community together. 

Natalie Smith who will be facilitating the activities, said: Harrogate Town Football Club’s aim is to become the heart of the community and the Healthy hearts funding will create new opportunities for families, adults and pregnant women to gain support on how to lead a healthy lifestyle through physical activity sessions and health checks.”

Garry Plant, Managing Director at Harrogate Town, said, “I am very excited that we have teamed up with Heart Research UK and are supporting local residents to improve their heart health and to make a real difference to their overall health and wellbeing”

Heart Research UK National Director, Barbara Harpham, added, “Football clubs are often at the heart of the community and it’s great that Harrogate Town is to use its influence to teach local people about healthy living – good habits that will last them a lifetime.” 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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