Monday, 9 August 2010

Getting heart healthy at the London Mela!

Statistics suggest that the South Asian community are 50% more likely to die from heart disease than those in the general population. But heart disease is often preventable and healthy eating, regular exercise and giving up smoking all have an important role to play. That’s why the BHF is visiting Melas across the UK and encouraging people to get more heart healthy.

Qaim Zaidi, Ethnic Strategy Co-ordinator at the BHF said:

“We can support people in making real differences to their lifestyle that are easy to maintain. Small changes now can have a big effect on future heart health. The BHF here to help, so just pop in and see us at any of the Melas we’re attending”

The BHF team had a great day at the busy London Mayor’s Mela yesterday with a range of visitors attending the stand. Multi-lingual BHF staff were on hand to give health advice and there are a host of fun contests and activities to take part in. Visitors were also encouraged join a range of free BHF clubs at the mela including the Artie Beat club for children between seven and eleven and the Heart Matters service for adults.

The BHF stand will be visiting the following events over the next few weeks:

• 14th August The Southwark Mix Burgess Park, Chumleigh Street,London SE5 0RJ

• 12th -15th August Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Ashton Court, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

• 29th - 30th August Sandwell Show Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich, Sandwell B71 4‎

• 19th September Birmingham Eid Mela Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B13 8RD

To find out more about our resources for the Asian community please visit our website.

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