Home is where the heart is

With everyone working from home, kids home schooling and restrictions on our day-to-day lives, we understand that sometimes it can be tricky to find the right balance.

 

We’ve pulled together a few free resources that will hopefully bring a smile to you and your loved ones.

 

If you would like to make an optional donation for use of these resources, you can do so by clicking on the ‘Donate’ button below.

Get creative

Stitch

Whilst we are currently spending more time indoors, now could be the ideal time to start a new hobby all whilst helping us take on heart disease.

 

Feel free to download our Stitch patterns or come up with your own creations and share them across social media and we’ll also publish them on the website.

 

Anonymous heART Project

As we have a bit more time to be creative nowadays, what better way to look forward to the launch of our Anonymous heART Project than by sending in any artwork (heart-themed or otherwise) to us.
This is just a bit of fun and won’t be featured in the auction, but we want to see all of your artistic creations, so send them into us and we’ll post them on our website ahead of the Anonymous HeART Project starting in October.

Sing for your Heart

Our Sing For Your Heart campaign has received an overwhelming amount of support from individuals and choirs who have wanted to sing on our behalf.

We understand that whilst we are unable to join choirs as we normally would, you may want to book in a date to perform later in the year and choir members could still ‘meet up’ online via Zoom or Skype to rehearse. Please sign up to receive more information on how you can get involved in Sing For Your Heart.

 

Kids

We know all too well how difficult it is to keep our kids entertained whilst keeping the screen-time down and avoiding spending too much time outside.  We have prepared a number of educational activities to help you with the home-schooling or at least pass some time whilst you grab a well-deserved sit-down.

Email us at info@heartresearch.org.uk to receive a copy of the answers for the activities below.

 

 

Wordsearch – Eat better

 

 

 

 

Snakes and Ladders Game

 

 

 

 

Wordsearch – Why should I be active?

 

 

 

Pick Your Lunch

 

 

Heartbeat Challenge

 

 

 

Healthy eating maze

 

 

 

Move more challenge

 

 

Healthy Tips

We know that whilst we are all spending more time indoors, not getting our usual exercise and supermarket shelves are emptier than usual, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and, in particular, eating a heart healthy diet is more of a challenge than usual. To try and make it as easy as possible we are producing weekly healthy tips to help you keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Healthy Tip: Easy ways to get your 5-a-day!

Eating five portions of fruit and veg every day can help keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of heart disease. As supermarket shelves are emptier than usual, Heart Research UK have some tips to help you achieve your 5-a-day during this challenging time.

Healthy Tip: Healthy cooking with children

With most children being schooled at home during the Coronavirus pandemic, now could be a good opportunity to teach them some healthy cooking skills. With fast food outlet closures, it may also be a great time to get your child to ditch the junk food and start enjoying some nutritious home-cooked meals.

Healthy Tip: Healthy Eating at Home

At a time when we are spending more time at home, shopping for food less frequently and no longer eating out, our usual eating habits may be disrupted. Good nutrition is essential for good health and it is important that we do not develop less healthy eating habits during this time.

Healthy recipes

Maintaining a heart healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste. Our Health Promotion and Education team are on a mission to produce even more of our favourite Healthy Heart Recipes whilst we are spending more time at home so you can maintain a heart healthy diet, reduce the risk of heart disease and enjoy some delicious home-cooked recipes.

Cocoa brownie oatmeal

Try out this delicious Cocoa Brownie Oatmeal recipe by @thepickyeater from our Damart Cookbook and share your creations on your social media channels by tagging us in @heartresearchuk

 

Couscous bowl with harissa chicken

Try out this tasty Couscous bowl with harissa chicken recipe by daisiesandpie.co.uk from our Damart Cookbook and share your creations on your social media channels by tagging us in @heartresearchuk

Roasted Garlic and Beetroot Soup

Try out this mouthwatering Roasted Garlic and Beetroot Soup by searchingforspice.com from our Damart Cookbook and share your creations on your social media channels by tagging us in @heartresearchuk

Get moving

Healthy Tips: Moving more

We are all feeling the effects of having to stay at home more and not getting our usual amount of exercise.

In line with the current Government guidelines we are still able to get one form of exercise a day and whether you choose to venture outside whilst social distancing or get fit in the comfort of your own home, we are producing regular exercise tips to help you move more and stay healthy.

Walking around outside

 

At the time of writing, in line with the current Government guidelines we are still permitted to get one form of exercise outside a day, whilst making sure to observe the social distancing protocols.

We have produced a number of ways to get the most out of your time outside helping you to try and maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of heart disease.

 

Working from home exercises

At a time when all the gyms are closed and we are being asked to stay at home, finding ways to keep active can be challenging.

Regular physical activity is strongly associated with a reduced risk of chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as improving mental health. Therefore we have produced some useful tips to help you meet the recommended amount of physical activity while staying at home.

Step Challenge

Here’s your chance to improve your steps and ‘virtually’ climb some of the world’s highest mountains and tallest structures!

Heart Research UK is challenging you to increase the number of steps you take each day by ‘virtually’ climbing well known landmarks to raise funds for our vital work.

Big Ben = 632 steps, Blackpool Tower = 1,036 steps, Mount Everest = 58,070 steps!

 

Heart Pledge 2021

The circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic have led to many events being cancelled and individuals unable to undertake the fantastic fundraising activities they had planned.

Once we have managed to overcome these challenging times, we fully intend to continue with our commitment to funding life-saving research. But we cannot do this on our own. Therefore we have set up a heart pledge 2021 form where you can let us know how you would like to support us in the fight against heart disease.

Support us

Sing for your Heart

For many, being part of a choir is so much more than singing. It provides an invaluable moment where we can catch up with like-minded friends.

We understand that whilst we are unable to join choirs as we normally would, you may want to book in a date to perform later in the year and choir members could still ‘meet up’ online via Zoom or Skype to rehearse. Please sign up to receive more information on how you can get involved in Sing For Your Heart.

 

Stitch

Many of us here at Heart Research UK enjoy needlework, from making needlepoint cushions and cross-stitch pictures, to sewing clothes. Right now, stitching is the perfect way to pass the time and help us to continue raising vital funds.

You might not be able to fundraise in the usual ways, but perhaps sign up to receive our Stitch pack to get some ideas on how to fundraise online. We’d also love to see pictures of your finished items, as well as photos of you stitching that we can share.

In Memory

Paying tribute to a loved one is something truly special. That’s why we hope you find some comfort in supporting us as a way to remember them.

Much has changed over recent weeks and this has had a significant impact on funerals and how we celebrate the life of someone who has recently passed away.

In these difficult times, we have offered some suggestions for ways we can celebrate life and come together to remember loved ones.

Anonymous heART project

Whilst spending more time at home, as a nation we are rediscovering our creative flair and taking to arts and crafts to pass the time. What better way to combine our passion for art and supporting Heart Research UK than sending in any artwork (heart-themed or otherwise) for us to share on our website and social media in the run-up to this year’s Anonymous heART appeal. This is just for fun and won’t feature in the auction, but we want to see all of your best work so we can help to spread a little colour across the Internet.

Treasure your Heart

Whilst we are all being asked to stay at home, you might find yourself with a little more time on your hands and wanting to get started with the annual Spring clean. What if there was a way that you could dust off the Winter blues and support us in our fight against heart disease? We will be re-launching our Treasure Your Heart campaign in partnership with Beaverbrooks Jewellers later this year, but in the meantime, if you find some unwanted jewelry, watches, cufflinks or earrings that you no longer need then please support our Treasure Your Heart campaign.

Mark Bonnar’s Big Quiz

 

Welcome to Mark Bonnar’s Big Quiz for Heart Research UK! Grab your thinking caps, pens and paper and a group of friends and settle in for a quiz full of fun and trivia hosted by Heart Research UK Patron Mark Bonnar! Star of Shetland, Line of Duty and smash new ITV drama Quiz, Mark will take you through five rounds of devilish questions, including film & TV, sports and Music. Send us your pictures and videos of you playing along at home and we hope you have a great time!

Covid-19 Information

FAQ’s

 

As the Covid-19 pandemic has continued to spread, the information that we are receiving is continuously updating as we find out more about how we can try and reduce the risk of spreading and keeping ourselves safe and well.

We have produced some FAQ’s that aim to address the most pertinent supporter questions. If you have a question that has not been answered, please email: info@heartresearch.org.uk and we will make sure to respond to you as quickly as possible.

Covid-19 Video

 

We know that this is a worrying time for many people, particularly for those who already have a health condition. You will want to know what it means if you or a loved one has heart disease, and how to keep safe and well.

We have put together this video with information from the NHS and the Government to let you know what steps to take.

 

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