Project title: Active Bodies, Active Hearts
Region: Granada, Cheshire
Award amount: £6,982
65% of people with Neuromuscular conditions will experience heart failure and will require a heart device such as pacemaker or defibrillator to be fitted. Many of these individuals have no access to rehabilitation or prevention services and therefore The Neuromuscular Centre aims to bridge the gap in provision for this population. The project will ultimately hope to reduce the risk of future heart problems in this already vulnerable group.
To achieve this aim, active Bodies, Active Hearts will deliver a series of group and online exercise classes, specifically targeting the heart health of physically disabled individuals, all of whom have long-term muscle wasting conditions. There is evidence that working with individuals who have neuromuscular conditions to provide accessible, monitored exercise, combined with providing support on lifestyle choices, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems in later life. This project will support this target group to support longevity and to enable them to have the best quality of life possible.
Physical exercise classes will be ran both online and in person to cater for those who may be unable to attend classes in-person. A specialist Cardiac Rehabilitation Practitioner will also deliver a series of education workshops on the theme of ‘living well for a healthy heart’. These workshops will cover a wide range of topics including eating well, the benefits of active exercise for heart health and how to self-manage heart health with a heart device.