Looking after your heart

Health and Well Being Partnership logoLooking after your heart is vital to living a long and healthy life

There are plenty of things you can do to look after your heart, no matter what your age.

These include:

  • being more active
  • eating healthy
  • stopping smoking
  • limiting your alcohol intake
  • avoiding high blood pressure and stress

It is also important to help children to be active and healthy, so we can prevent obesity, heart disease and diabetes in future generations. 

Research suggests there are a little over 2.6 million people living with heart disease in the UK. The older you are, the more likely you are to have heart disease. It affects about one in four men and one in five women aged 75 and over.  It is also the main cause of early death (under 75) in the UK.

Keeping your heart healthy will have additional health benefits like reducing your risk of stroke and dementia.

What are we doing to prevent premature death from heart disease?

The Health and Wellbeing Partnership in Nottingham is working hard to reduce heart disease. The Partnership, which is made up of representatives from NHS Nottingham City, Nottingham City Council and other local agencies and voluntary organisations, does this by working with local organisations to:

  • promote physical activity
  • provide healthy eating advice
  • support people who want to stop smoking

A range of services are provided in order to promote and deliver these messages and activities. For example:

  • Change of Heart Health Trainers – these are local people who support adults wishing to adopt healthier lifestyles by: directing them to local services and activities, helping them to overcome barriers which may be stopping them from becoming healthier and encouraging them to set and achieve goals around stopping smoking, eating more healthy and becoming more physically active.
  • Ecoworks – this is a local community organisation that runs practical projects to benefit local people and the environment.  One of Ecoworks’ projects is the Fresh Ingredient Project (FIP) – a fun, friendly and FREE healthy living programme all about fruit and vegetables – how to grow them, cook them and just eat more of them!
  • New Leaf – the FREE NHS stop-smoking service  for smokers who live or work in Nottingham, offering support and advice through one-to-one, drop in or telephone sessions with a personal advisor. 

To find out more about these services, and all of the other fantastic agencies and organisations the Health and Wellbeing Partnership works with, please download a leaflet: Be Healthy, Feel Good, Live Longer.

The Health and Wellbeing Partnership has also produced a selection of recipes which include tasty, healthy and low cost meal suggestions. These recipes can be downloaded below:

For further information about preventing heart disease please visit the British Heart Foundation website.

Local focus

Cardiovascular disease (disease of the blood vessels including diabetes, heart disease and stroke) is the main cause of death in Nottingham.  In fact, it is the main disease contributing to Nottingham’s lower than national life expectancy, and is also the key contributor to the 10 year gap in life expectancy between city residents in the most and least deprived neighbourhoods. 

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