Hitting the right note – Devon youth brass band learn about heart health

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Band members learn about their health

Heart Research UK and a youth brass band in Devon were singing from the same hymn sheet following a lesson on heart health.

We visited the Devon County Youth Brass Band at one of their fundraising concerts in Yelverton, Plymouth to speak to the young musicians about how to look after their blood pressure whilst playing an instrument, what information to look out for on food labels and how to live healthily. 

The young band members also learnt about how much sugar is in some food, including analysing different products and rating their healthiness.  

Our Exercise Physiologist Lucy Gowing, who spoke to the band, said, “It was great to see the group really interested in looking after their hearts.

“We are all sometimes guilty of not realising how much sugar is in our food, so to show them first hand was a real eye-opener for some. One band member even said to me how shocked he was there was so much sugar in some of our favourite foods!”

Pete Nelder, who owns a number of Subway® stores in Plymouth, helped to arrange the lesson as well as provide a healthy lunch for the young musicians.

“As part of their healthy eating campaign, the band members have learnt how to do first aid, CPR and even how to use a defibrillator.
“Heart Research UK and Lucy have really helped show them how they can also look after themselves, including knowing about the hidden perils of too much sugar in our food and why a healthy blood pressure is important whilst playing music. 

“I think we’ve all learnt how to be a little wiser with our food and lifestyle choices. Now there’s no excuse to try to be as fit as a fiddle.”

The band have also learnt how to breathe properly so as not to put pressure on their hearts. They hope to continue their healthy heart and lifestyle project next season.