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​Take ten minutes to change your life during Heart Month

 

Taking just 10 minutes each day to make tiny changes to your lifestyle can lower your risk of conditions such as heart attack and stroke.

February is Heart Month and GPs at NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging residents to take on the British Heart Foundation ‘Heart Month Challenge’ to make one small change, every day.

Dr Sian Howell, a local GP lead for NHS Southwark CCG, said it was the small changes that could make the biggest difference.

“We know people are often pushed for time in today’s society and are often juggling many things at once,” she said.

“However 75% of heart disease is preventable and making the smallest of changes can help pave the way towards a healthier heart.”

“Whether it’s getting active, eating more healthily or quitting smoking, every little change can lower your risk of heart attack and stroke.”

Other small changes could include getting off the bus two stops early to walk home, trying a new fruit or getting active during the ad break of your favourite TV programme.

In Southwark there were 356 deaths due to circulatory disease in 2013. Across the UK, the disease causes one in four of all deaths – that’s almost 160,000 deaths a year and an average of 440 people each day.

For a quick guide and tips to taking on the Heart Month Challenge visit the British Heart Foundation website at www.bhf.org.uk/tenminutes