Lottery cash boost to tackle heart disease

A National Lottery grant is set to fund a new health initiative to help tackle heart disease in South Yorkshire.

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It will be used to set up a new project called Sheffield Coronary Society Evening Fitness, which will support people across the region with heart conditions and cardiac problems.

The Awards for All funding has been secured by support group Sheffield Coronary Society, which will now work with Sheffield International Venues to deliver the scheme.

For the next 12 months, Sheffield Coronary Society Evening Fitness will provide a series of fitness sessions run by SIV at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre and Concord Sports Centre.

Fully-qualified instructors will lead the sessions, which launch at Concord on Wednesday, November 6, and at Graves on Monday, November 11, both starting at 7.30pm.

Dave Birds, Sheffield International Venues’ GP referral manager, said: “There is a significant need to launch evening sessions for people across the region that are suffering from cardiac problems.

“People that are suffering from heart attacks and cardiac problems are getting considerably younger and, after they have finished their treatment with the NHS, you find that they need to get back to work in order to support their families.

“This is then when they tend to get back into bad habits and put themselves at further risk.

“The new sessions will help to reduce this risk and we are delighted to be working with Sheffield Coronary Society to deliver this scheme.”

This story was published in The Star on 1st November 2013.