Project title: Fight Together Against Heart Disease
Award – £8,400
Coronary heart disease is one of the single, biggest killers in the UK. When combined with the decrease in activity that has accompanied COVID-19, this is even more of a threat to individuals’ health.
‘Fight Together Against Heart Disease’ aims to improve and promote the importance of heart health among BAME men, over the age of 35, in a deprived area in London.
This target group are disproportionately affected by a lack of access to quality sports provision and are more likely to engage in unhealthy eating practices, putting them more at risk of heart problems in the future.
This project will work with members of the community to reduce the risk of heart disease through adopting a three-pronged approach.
- Firstly, physical fitness will be improved through providing non-contact boxing sessions. Coached gym sessions, self-train session plans and at-home workouts will be provided.
- The second aim within this project is to encourage healthy eating and making better food choices, as well as providing affordable, simple wholesome recipes.
- Thirdly, there will be a focus on stress release. Boxing requires focus of the mind and provides an opportunity to physically release stress onto the boxing bag itself, but mindfulness and deep breathing will also form part of the sessions.
In taking this approach, the aim is to holistically create long-term change for each participant through the discipline of boxing.
This project will be starting in June 2021 and we cannot wait to report on the difference it has made to those involved.