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Hearty Lives participants rewarded

The latest participants to complete the Swans Health Challenge were recently presented with their shirt during a tour of the stadium.

The 12 week programme, organised by Hearty Lives at Neath YMCA, sees the participants working towards achieving a health related goal and those who are successful are rewarded for their efforts in improving their lifestyles.

By offering training sessions and support from the Community Trust and local volunteers, Hearty Lives intends to tackle the high rate of cardio vascular disease (CVD) in Neath Port Talbot through organising the Swans Health Challenge and it’s a project that is thoroughly enjoyed by the participants.

“I lost the weight and got to my goal,” said participant Denise Evans from Neath. “In the beginning it was just to lose weight through exercise but then I started to adjust my eating plan and once you see how bad your eating habits are, you know you have to change.

“You change your ways and you make sure that you eat better and it worked. Just because the 12 weeks is up doesn’t mean we’ve stopped anything, it’s ongoing and it’s a lifestyle change,” she continued.

Upon arriving at the Liberty Stadium, the participants were presented with a Swans shirt and certificate by the project’s coordinator, Leonne Daniel, as well as Club Ambassador and fan favourite, Lee Trundle, before receiving a tour of the ground.

“It is great that we are able to team up with local community provisions such as Neath YMCA. The EASI project staff, and our volunteers have been instrumental in making the Swans challenge so successful,” said Leonne.

“Neath YMCA has excellent facilities and classes that the participants are able to take advantage of, for free, during the challenge. I want to congratulate all the participants on making healthy lifestyle changes, which I know many are continuing beyond the 12 weeks. I’d also like to thank NPT Community Transport for providing transport to and from the stadium for our participants,” he continued.

As well as the Health Challenge initiative, Hearty Lives also aims to tackle the high CVD rates in NPT with its Walking Football scheme, which consists of weekly walking football sessions to get more hearts in the area pumping.

For more information on any of Hearty Lives’ projects and how to take part in the challenge, please contact Leonne Daniels at leonne@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk or on 07876885194


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