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SEATON: ‘Heart Hub’ comes to Seaton
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
HEARTFELT: League of Friends members, doctors and HALFF representatives at Seaton Hospital last Wednesday
A £3,000 plus grant from Seaton Hospital League of Friends has made it possible to set up a ‘Heart Hub’ in Seaton to prevent and tackle heart disease, type two diabetes and high blood pressure. The Heart Hub concept has already been established in Axminster and is the brainchild of a charity called Health & Local Food for Families (HALFF). It is described as “a support and information service for people with or at risk of heart disease, type two diabetes and high blood pressure” – and involves a mix of healthy eating advice and healthy lifestyle advice, including physical activity. People at risk or with an already established problem will be encouraged to join the Heart Hub by Seaton-based GPs, but people not at risk are also welcome. The project will initially run for a year and is financed by a £3,298 grant to HALFF from Seaton Hospital League of Friends. Dr Joe Kent, a GP at Seaton and Colyton Medical Practice, said: “We are delighted to welcome and support HALFF to Seaton. “This is a brilliant local community charity that offers a fantastic opportunity for us to make sustainable lifelong changes to the way that we eat by enriching our attitude to our diet, its nutritional content and provenance. “Some participants are carers for sick and disabled relatives. Often they feel that their health is irrelevant providing they continue to care for their loved ones. “As a result their health suffers. HALFF feels that all members of the community should be able to have access to its services and have designed this monthly support group to include carers.” HALFF doesn't have a base as such in Seaton, but will hold monthly cooking and open house support sessions at United Reform Church in Cross Street on the fourth Friday of the month between 10:30am and 12:30pm. The first session will be on Friday June 27th, open to everyone even if they are not registered with the Heart Hub. HALFF's Laura O’Rourke said: “There are currently 60 residents registered in Axminster who receive regular free newsletters – either by post or e-mail. “The newsletters contain recipes, information on food planning, labelling, budgeting and exercise tips, and everyone may attend a monthly cooking demonstration specifically designed for older people. “People involved from Axminster have lost weight, cook more, eat more fruit and vegetables and have told HALFF it is an invaluable service which they really value. “The support group is really important to help people to maintain healthier lifestyles, to help them to plan healthier meals and to understand how their diet can affect their health. “Getting people together to talk about what changes they are making, also encourages them and helps them to learn from each other.” She stressed that you don't have to live in the Seaton area to register for the newsletter. More Heart Hub information is available from by e-mailing email@example.com, calling 01297 631782 or visitng www.halff.org.uk
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