Latest grants, awarded Autumn 2015:
CP Active, West Yorkshire - "Environmental Health Prompts" - £10,000
Towns in the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire will be nudged towards more active lifestyles to benefit their hearts through subliminal messages shown in public places. These 'take action' prompts will be installed on a variety of outdoor media to encourage residents to make physical activity part of their daily lives. Dr Nicola Eccles from Leeds Trinity University will carry out focus groups as part of this pilot study to measure the impact and awareness of the messages on the public.
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, Blackburn - "Heart of the Game" - £10,000
This educational programme is teaching primary school children the importance of healthy lifestyles and physical activity on the heart. Rovers ground Ewood Park is opening the doors to it's educational department for primary school classes to attend interactive workshops including 3D heart rate monitors, body scanners, green screen filming and a tour of the stadium.
Access Ability CIC, Blackburn -"Access Heart Ability" - £8,486
Up to 80 people with disabilities or poor mental health are taking steps to become heart healthy through a 10 week programme of exercise and cook and eat sessions within a positive and supportive environment based on the evidence-based '5 ways to wellbeing'.
BDS Training Ltd, Skelmersdale - "Captain Heart and the BDS Squad' - £5,000
Captain Heart and the BDS Squad is a fun-filled project packed with informative games and activities based on a super-hero heart and his healthy squad educating 7-8 year old children on heart-healthy lifestyles alongside the National Curriculum in ten schools in Skelmersdale. Children have been wearing superhero capes and masks as they learn the skills to defeat unhealthy lifestyles.
Warrington Wolves Charitable Foundation, Warrington - "Happy Hearts" - £10,000
Primary school children are embarking on a journey of self-discovery as they learn to keep their hearts healthy. Sessions are covering topics including smoking, food choices, emotional wellbeing and food labelling, supplemented by a 'Happy Hearts' educational pack, weekly physical activity and a take-away task to reinforce learning at home.
Healthy Living Centre Dartford, Kent - "HGV MOT" - £5,000
HGV drivers are more likely to have a sedentary lifestyle so drivers at 15 logistics and haulage companies in Kent are being offered a one day course promoting healthy lifestyles. Follow up sessions will encourage behaviour change around increasing movement and preparing easy, low-fat snacks and lunches. Participants are being offered blood pressure and heart rate checks, have their BMI calculated and will be invited to take up three follow-up sessions during the year.
Life Cycle UK, Bristol - "Get Your Heart in Gear" - £6,698
An innovative programme of supported cycling activities is promoting heart health to adults in South Bristol identified as being at high risk of heart disease. Participants are being offered a free heart health assessment, cycle taster sessions, cycle training, bike repairs and subsidised refurbised cycles to encourage sign up to regular supported cycle rides, themed to address key lifestyle issues affecting heart health.
Spring 2015 Grant Round:
Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Leeds - "Heart of Gold" - £10,000
Over 1,000 children in 36 primary schools in Leeds are taking part in Heart of Gold activities with 30 lucky children from each school joining a six week programme of multi-skill activities and receiving a special edition pack of Leeds Rhinos Top Trumps cards featuring heart-healthy tips and players from the club's most successful era.
Carers Trust 4all, Congleton- "Young Carers Healthy Heart Project"- £9,360
Up to 100 young carers in Cheshire, who spend their lives putting the needs of others first, are benefitting from tips on healthy eating and exercise for healthier hearts. The project is implementing a 'whole family' approach to ensure other family members at home may also reap the rewards from the knowledge gained by the young carers involved.
Freestyle Urban Soccer, Chorley- "The Young @ Heart Project" - £9,678
Nine-10 year olds from 12 primary schools have received an eight-week programme combining urban sports and education. Classroom learning sessions have covered the negative effects of smoking, drugs, alcohol, physical inactivity and poor diet on the heart.
Achievement Through Football, Southend- "#Team Healthy Heart"- £9,200
Young people aged 11-25, including ex-offenders in deprived areas in Southend, sign Healthy Heart Club Contracts to mark their commitment to making heart-healthy lifestyle changes as part of the #Team Healthy Heart 10-week programme.
Links Park Community Trust, Montrose- "Match Fit"- £7,280
The six week programme is part of the Healthy and Wellbeing section of the curriculum in 10 primary schools across Montrose. Children are being encouraged to become the 'Family Fitness Coach' in their househols, acting as heart health ambassadors at home by suggesting family activities, healthy meals and quality rest and relaxation time.