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Hearty advice for Valentine's Day

Published Friday, 31 January 2014

With just a week before Valentine’s Day it’s time to get your heart into good shape with healthy heart advice from Enfield Council’s public health team and the British Heart Foundation.

‘Ramp up the Red’ is the title of this year’s heart promotion during Heart month in Enfield which became a ‘Heart Town’ in 2011. Since then the Council has worked hard with health experts to reduce heart disease in the borough.

Cllr Christine Hamilton, Enfield’s cabinet member for community well- being and public health, said, “Heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer - one in six men and one in nine women – that’s up to 700 deaths a year in Enfield, almost two a day.

“We shall be handing out leaflets with health tips and information. ‘Ramp up the Red’ is this year’s awareness raising campaign and we want everyone to know that they can take steps to prevent heart disease.

“As a Heart Town, Enfield’s residents can benefit from British Heart Foundation resources such as regular updates on heart research and education programmes both in schools and the community.”

‘Ramp up the Red’ is raising awareness about heart disease in a light-hearted way. Town crier, Alan Myatt, whose voice can reach over 112 decibels, will leave nobody in doubt that maintaining a healthy heart is a top health priority in Enfield.

People can also have a go creating healthy smoothie drinks from fresh fruit blending banana with raspberry, mango or pineapple using their own pedal power on a cycle attached to a liquidiser. Can they beat electric power? How many calories can they burn?

Red apples are also being distributed, promoting the good taste and the health value of fruit; while coaches from Tottenham Hotspur FC are organising goal practice on the concourse.

Cllr Hamilton, added, “We want to convey a serious message in an enjoyable way. I am determined that we tackle heart disease in the borough getting more people to exercise, eat a healthy diet and have some fun.”

Support Enfield Heart Town or donate by texting ENFD55 followed by the amount you would like to give to 70070.

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