29 Mar New and free healthy lifestyle service launches
New and free healthy lifestyle service launches in Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to keep residents ticking along.
Wednesday 27th January saw the official launch of Healthy Hearts at Queens Park Rangers Football Club. Healthy Hearts is the new cardiovascular disease prevention service, for Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea; commissioned by the Public Health service. Healthy Hearts is a free service which provides high quality, evidence based programmes with a community focus. The UK’s second biggest preventable killer; cardiovascular disease, kills around 14,000 people per year in London alone. To put this in context, someone in this country dies every three minutes of a disease which could be prevented by small everyday lifestyle changes.
The Healthy Hearts initiative aims to help 1350 residents at risk of developing cardiovascular disease every year, across the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster. The service is also open to individuals identified as at risk of cardiovascular disease or those with certain long term health conditions such as obesity or diabetes.
This innovative service will take a holistic approach to improving a person’s health and wellbeing, through a tailored behaviour change plan called a Healthy Hearts Plan. This is dependent on an individual’s risk factors of CVD and could include free support in weight management, physical activity, healthy cookery groups and smoking cessation. There are also support pathways for clients who need additional specialist support and Healthy Hearts will also be signposting into other local services such as Exercise Referral, Alcohol Support Services and Health Trainers where appropriate.
Councillor Vivienne Lukey, Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, highlighted at the launch event “We are keen to prioritise and improve preventative services; we hope Healthy Hearts will be an excellent example of that”.
Andy Emerson, the Head of Service for Healthy Hearts added “Thrive Tribe are delighted to have been awarded the CVD prevention health contract for the area. The Healthy Hearts service is a real opportunity to improve heart health and life expectancy for the residents of Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.”
Members of the public can self-refer to Healthy Hearts and the service is currently open to local residents. If you feel you could benefit from losing weight, stopping smoking or getting more active it maybe that you are eligible for the free Healthy Hearts programme. To find
out more information about Healthy Hearts please call 020 3434 2500, check out their website www.healthyhearts.org.uk or follow them on Twitter @HealthyHearts__
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Notes to editors:
1. Healthy Hearts is the free cardiovascular disease prevention service, commissioned by the Tri-Borough Public Health Team and delivered by Thrive Tribe (see www.thrivetribe.org.uk).
2. Healthy Hearts services include;
– 1-1 risk factor identification, behavior change support and care planning.
– A variety of group programmes, accessible dependent on client need. These consist of weight management groups, physical activity clubs, healthy cookery courses and smoking cessation support.
– Specialist 1-1 clinics led by a dietician, psychologist or physical activity specialist.
– Onward referral pathways to local alcohol treatment and mental health services.
– Capacity to offer tailored interventions to local community groups with specific barriers to accessing services e.g. minority ethnic communities.
3. Healthy Hearts has its main office at Galena Rd, Hammersmith. This office is shared with Kick-It the tri-borough stop smoking service, also delivered by Thrive Tribe.
4. Healthy Hearts website is located here: