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Healthy Heart Tip: We’re all going on a hearty holiday

23 May, 2019

  With Spring Bank Holiday and the summer season on the horizon, thoughts quickly turn to holiday time. If you’re planning on jumping off the rollercoaster of life and taking a break, don’t let the sun go down on your efforts to keep healthy. Coast through our tips on how to give your heart a …

May: What are NET grants?

  Heart Research UK introduced Novel and Emerging Technologies (NET) Grants in 2006.  They are proving very popular with researchers and a record number of grant applications arrived at our office at the start of this grant round.   We offer grants of up to £250,000 to give researchers the opportunity to apply for funding …

Healthy Heart Tip: Bank some heart health this May Day holiday

01 May, 2019

  With yet another bank holiday or two around the corner, what will you do with your extra days?   Follow our tips to bank the most into your heart health and still have a good time:   Master the hearty BBQ Surely one of the bank holidays coming up are bound to bring sunshine- …

We’re taking on Scotland’s biggest killer

15 April, 2019

On average, 41 people a day die from cardiovascular disease in Scotland. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, sons and daughters, from Aberdeen to Arbroath, from Kirkcaldy to Kilbride. There will be 41 today and another 41 tomorrow. We know that in Scotland the death rate from coronary heart disease is almost 50% higher than for the South …

Healthy Heart Tip: Discover our great national parks

12 April, 2019

  With warmer, lighter days on the horizon, why not burn off some excess energy  in our beautiful British countryside, the ultimate green gym.   ‘Discover National Parks Fortnight’ is an annual spring celebration of Britain’s 15 national parks. Follow our tips on how to make the best of the abundance of opportunities for some …

Healthy Heart Tip: Use Stress Awareness Month to ‘bounce back’

04 April, 2019

  The month of April is Stress Awareness Month. Take a moment to ask yourself what causes YOU to feel stressed or uncomfortable? Now think to yourself, is there something YOU can do to prevent this?   Much of what life throws at us is out of our control and unpredictable. Cars break down, trains …

Healthy Heart Tip: Stub it out for good. Today.

11 March, 2019

  Many smokers know that smoking is not good for their health but think that a little social puff every now and then does very little harm.   Nicotine drives up blood pressure and heart rate, putting immediate and long term strain on your heart and arteries. The carbon monoxide in cigarettes means less life …

Healthy Heart Tip: Make every step count

19 February, 2019

  The way we travel, shop, work, clean, communicate, cook, entertain ourselves, pretty much anything we do in the 21st century is done with minimal physical effort. We now have to actively seek out opportunities to move more.   We know that physical inactivity has weighty consequences for our own health and the health of …

Healthy Heart Tip: Put your heart into Valentine’s day

12 February, 2019

  We’re all set for Valentine’s Day – are you? If you’re thinking of going for the easy option with a trip to the pub this February 14, the love of your life may be a little downhearted.   Use a little imagination and do something different. With our help this could be your chance …

Family history of heart disease leads Langley Park Golf Club to smash fundraising target for Heart Research UK

11 February, 2019

A golf club in Bromley have raised almost £13,000 for national charity Heart Research UK through a year of dedicated fundraising. Club Captain Phil McBrown and Lady Captain Mari Brooks chose Heart Research UK as the Club’s charity of the year after both being affected by heart disease. Phil, who has a history of heart …

Healthy Heart Tip: Takeaway health

29 January, 2019

  Takeaways are big business, with total UK spending steadily rising and expected to reach £11.2 billion by 2021. With January drawing to an end and more people likely to give up on New Year’s resolutions, don’t let all those good intentions go out with the takeaway trash.   Although enticing and increasingly popular, takeaways …

Heart Research UK’s Beat it Battle

15 January, 2019

Heart Research UK and Firehouse Fitness are challenging businesses in Leeds to take on our Beat It Battle and prove they’re the fittest business in the city. Teams of four will battle it out at Firehouse Fitness Leeds to be in with a chance of winning free gym membership FOR LIFE – all whilst raising …

Make a start and look after your heart

02 January, 2019

2019 is now upon us, and it’s the time of year that we all feel under pressure to make a fresh start. Whether it’s losing weight, taking on a new challenge or finding a new hobby, there’s no better time to do something new with our lives. With modern life being so hectic, it’s not …

Brick in the Wall – Vikki Renoldi-King’s Great Wall of China trek

21 December, 2018

“You have not lived if you have not been to the Great Wall.” My phenomenal charity trek along this giant winding dragon of a structure for Heart Research UK made me realise how true this Chinese saying is. By Vikki Renoldi-King I decided to take on this challenge for Heart Research UK after walking a …

Healthy Heart Tip: Veganuary

19 December, 2018

  Going vegan is a hot topic and numbers are on the rise. Reasons to ditch animal products like meat, cheese, eggs, milk and honey usually root in concerns about the world around us, but the vegan diet has also been linked with lower rates of heart disease. We’re increasingly finding that those who cut …

Healthy heart recipe: Vegan slow cooker chilli

  (Serves 8) Making a vegan chilli is so easy and adaptable that you can pretty much choose to put in what you like so long as you have a base of tomatoes, plenty of vegetables and spices and replace the meat with beans and lentils.  Use your own creative flare and taste!  Here’s a …

Healthy Heart Tip: Warm your heart against the cold snap

17 December, 2018

When temperatures fall blood vessels narrow to reduce heat loss. With the volume of blood now squeezed into tighter blood vessels, blood pressure increases, the heart has to work harder and there is an increased risk of blood clots.   Cold weather increases risk of heart attack, accounting for two in five excess winter deaths, …

Healthy Heart Tip: Get SMART about your heart

14 December, 2018

  Thinking of the New Year ahead? Set off in the right direction this January. Whether it’s to eat better, get more active or just get generally healthier this year, we’ve got lots of ideas and tips to help you set your own goals and start putting your heart first in 2019.   Make your …

Healthy Heart Tip: Have yourself a healthy happy Christmas

05 December, 2018

       Christmas is a time for celebration and fun so a bit of a blow out at the office party or family get together seems harmless, right?   Reports suggest that the average Brit consumes as many as 5,000 calories at the office Christmas party and over 6,000 calories on Christmas day – you’ll …

Healthy Heart Tip: Sing for your Heart

30 November, 2018

We might not all be able to belt out a good tune like a rock star, but we’ve all had a go at singing in the shower. Whether you’re in the bath, getting your glad rags on, behind the wheel, or preparing dinner- when you sing you feel relaxed, content, mindful and happy. Singing and …

Art for hearts: anonymous heART project raises over £43,000

27 November, 2018

467 pieces of A5 artwork, 226 contributors and nine exclusive auction pieces later, our anonymous heART project has finally come to an end, raising over £43,000 for Heart Research UK’s pioneering medical research. Artwork from huge names across the world of art, entertainment and politics, including Steven Brown, Nick Cave, David Cameron, Simon Pegg, Gillian …

Healthy Tip: One pot meal ideas for busy families

20 November, 2018

  When it comes to eating healthily at home, you shouldn’t need to make a choice between cost and convenience and long term health. At Heart Research UK we are always thinking about juggling busy lives while trying to keep a heart healthy lifestyle. To help, we’ve come up with tips to prepare a healthy …

Healthy Tip: Happy Birthday Frederick

13 November, 2018

  14 November marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who discovered insulin almost 100 years ago. Every year on this date World Diabetes Day aims to raise awareness of diabetes and what it’s like to live with the condition. This year’s theme is all about family, so make a team effort to identify and reduce …

Healthy Tip: Go cold turkey before Christmas

07 November, 2018

  With bonfire and Halloween celebrations behind us and more festivities on the horizon, November could be a good chance leading up to Christmas to have a think about your drinking habits and consider the effects on your health both now and in the future.   Drinking alcohol increases your risk of more than sixty …

Healthy Tip: Have a heart healthy Halloween

26 October, 2018

  Halloween festivities can be a lot of fun but it’s easy to get caught in a web of sugary and high fat snacking which can spell trouble for your heart. Fear not! Heart Research UK’s healthy Halloween tips are easy to prepare and guaranteed to make your Halloween night a thriller!   So whether …

Healthy Tip: Add time to your ticker

23 October, 2018

  With the days drawing in and temperatures dropping, you might be tempted to snuggle under the duvet and hit the snooze button, but early birds may be ahead of the game when it comes to a healthy heart.   Early birds tend to clock up more healthy choices into their day, being more active …

Healthy Tip: Say “I do” to a healthy heart

17 October, 2018

  Wedding fever has gripped the office here at Heart Research UK. Last weekend our Chief Operations Officer, Sam danced the night away after saying “I do.” With another four brides to be in the office, weddings are a regular topic.   Talk about new dresses, hen parties and hair trials have spurred everyone on …

Heart Research UK and healthy baby food company ‘for aisha’ join forces to help babies with heart conditions

12 October, 2018

Heart Research UK and healthy baby food company ‘for aisha’ are launching a new and exciting partnership to fund pioneering medical research for children with heart conditions. Both organisations share a common goal of ensuring babies have the best start in life with a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet. They are working together to raise …

Healthy Tip: Give your heart a pet

10 October, 2018

There are many good reasons why owning a pet can improve health and well-being but dog owners may be top of the league when it comes to heart-health. If you own a pooch you’re likely to be benefiting from lower blood pressure, higher levels of physical activity, lower stress levels and ultimately a longer life. …

Heart Research UK’s ‘Swim the Channel Challenge’ – Meet the Swimmers: Laura Bentley

Here at Heart Research UK, we’re challenging you to complete what may seem like a daunting feat – swimming the channel.  But fear not, you won’t be battling with icy water in the open sea; you can do it all from the comfort of your local pool! We caught up with Laura Bentley, 27, from …

Fore! Heart Research UK Midlands annual charity golf day a roaring success

08 October, 2018

Heart Research UK Midlands hit a hole in one with their annual charity golf day, raising over £5000 for local projects 12 Teams from organisations across the Midlands battled it out in a 18-hole tournament at Great Barr Golf Club, Birmingham, with the event kindly sponsored by adi Group. The overall winners were adi FE …

Healthy Tip: October is Cholesterol Month

04 October, 2018

October is all about raising awareness of high cholesterol. Let’s get down to the fats of the matter. Cholesterol is a waxy substance made by the liver and plays an important role in the body. Too much of the wrong type of cholesterol (LDL) leads to a buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. A good …

Only one in 10 people will be smokers in five years’ time, new statistics suggest

01 October, 2018

Public Health England (PHE) has estimated that only one in 10 people will be smokers in five years’ time. PHE said that smoking rates among adults in England are expected to fall from the current level of 14.9% to around 10% by 2023. The number of smokers has fallen by more than a million since …

Healthy Tip: Make a promise this World Heart Day

28 September, 2018

Every year on 29 September, World Heart Day raises awareness about the risks of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke. This year’s campaign is about making a promise today to help yourself, your family and your community look after their hearts. Follow our tips on how to be SMART about making health pledges you …

Grab some art and help some hearts – Our new art inspired fundraising campaign where YOU can bag a piece of original celebrity art

The ‘anonymous heART project is live!’ Bid on eBay – https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/heartresearchuk_shop Heart Research UK’s ‘anonymous heART’ project will see hundreds of unique, original pieces of artwork be created on A5 postcards by international artists, designers and celebrities.  These will go up for auction on eBay, giving you the chance to own a piece of history, whilst …

Huge response to our first ever medical research grant dedicated to Scotland

27 September, 2018

We’ve had an overwhelmingly high number of applications for our first ever grant dedicated to supporting research in Scottish institutions. Following the huge response, we’re doubling the original amount of money pledged, and awarding two grants of £150,000 each. The grants will be awarded in early November, and aim to bridge the gap between laboratory-based …

Dancing dads receive Heart Research UK grant to boost their heart health

23 September, 2018

A group of dads from Torbay in Devon, known as the ‘The Dangerous Dads Network’, are launching the Dad Dancing Fit Club to give locals who are not regular gym goers the chance to keep fit and healthy through the ‘ancient art of dad dancing.’ The programme will be funded by an £8000 Heart Research …

Family 5K in Maidstone a roaring success

17 September, 2018

Almost 900 runners took on a 5K fun run in Maidstone on Sunday 16 September to raise money for Heart Research UK. The family-friendly Subway Helping Heart™ Family 5K race, run in partnership between the Subway® brand and national charity Heart Research UK, saw families from Maidstone and beyond run, walk and even push buggies …

Heart Research UK at the 2018 Great North Run

11 September, 2018

Our determined team of Heart Research UK runners helped us to raise over £10,000 at the 2018 Great North Run.  Here are a few of the highlights from the day Amy Waite and her father Gary Hood recorded a great time of 2 hours and 32 mins and smashed their fundraising target to raise £870!  …