Ruth’s new lease of life

Ruth Jefferson on the treadmill
Ruth Jefferson on the treadmill
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A woman who believes her busy lifestyle sparked a heart attack has transformed her life through a special health programme.

Ruth Jefferson, aged 59, from Nether Edge in Sheffield, suffered a heart attack a year ago caused by a blocked artery.

After completing a six-week NHS cardiac rehabilitation programme, the social services professional was referred by her physio to Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre in Norton, where she began the exercise referral scheme.

As well as sticking to an exercise regime, Ruth also monitored what she ate.

“Having the heart attack really made me think about how I was living, and I knew I needed to change it,” she said.

“The health and fitness scheme has not only meant I have lost more than a stone in weight but it has made me more conscious about my lifestyle.

“The exercise has not only made me fitter but it has also improved my overall wellbeing and outlook on life.”

The scheme is also available at other Sheffield International Venues centres.

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