February is National Heart Month
8th February 2016
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February is National Heart Month. There are about 2.6 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD).  Every single one of us is at potential risk.

There are lots of different types of heart conditions, understanding them and knowing how the heart works is more helpful when trying to learn about these conditions. By looking at the facts it will benefit yourself and the people you love. Managing your diet, keeping fit, and watching your blood pressure are just a few important factors in preventing heart disease.

 Solihull Council are looking at some simple ways to help keep your heart healthy. Some simple tips to show your heart some love are and reduce your risk of heart disease: 

  • Move more
  • Eat well
  • Drink well
  • Stop smoking

"Regular physical activity and healthy eating can both help reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease, help control your weight, and reduce your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Staying active can also improve your mental health, helping you to feel good and look after yourself"

This heart month, Solihull Council is working closely with local pharmacies to help provide advice and support to Solihull residents. Pop into your local pharmacy this month for advice and to find out if you are at risk of heart disease, and what you can do to lower your risk.

Councillor Ken Meeson, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said “National Heart Month is an essential campaign that raises awareness of the importance of looking after your heart. It is not always easy to get yourself motivated to change your lifestyle but small, simple adjustments can make a significant improvement in your health. If residents need any help making changes to look after your health we are here to provide the support that can make a difference.”

Solihull Heart Support Group provide support to anyone who has heart problems, along with partners and carers, and hold regular group meetings.

You can find out more about Solihull’s local healthy lifestyle services. Here  you can find information on their ‘Lighten up’ adult weight management service, Quit 51 stop smoking service, and Solihull Active.

The British Heart Foundation have ways to get involved with plenty of activities  taking place throughout the month to help raise awareness of Heart Disease.


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Ann A

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Hi! I'm Ann and with my husband John, said 'Farewell' to bestof on 31st July 2017 and are returning to the horticultural trade. Thank you to everyone past and present for reading my blogs.

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