Thousands of pounds given to heart scheme

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A community group in Sheffield is starting a project to help prevent and reduce heart disease following a funding grant worth thousands.

The Shine Academy, based on the Manor, will offer a drop-in clinic once a week for screening, as well as six 12-week self-help programmes allowing adults to access information about keeping their heart healthy.

The project was awarded £8,000 by Heart Research UK and takeaway sandwich company Subway.

The academy’s sessions will teach the importance of reducing blood pressure and cholesterol to maintain a healthy heart, as well as the health benefits of exercise.

They will also offer practical classes about healthy cooking on a budget. Courses will last for a year, aiming to reach up to 300 people.

Follow-up support will be offered when the programmes finish.

Project manager Kath Sharman said: “Shine usually works with teenagers so we are really excited to be able to expand and help adults in the community.

“Our first aim is to promote healthy hearts by raising awareness, educating and guidance.”

Barbara Harpham, national director of Heart Research UK, added: “Figures show that Sheffield has a higher than UK average rate for early deaths from heart disease and stroke, so this project is a great start to try to reduce this.”