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Community Trust project aims to create Hearty Lives

At just over a year old, Hearty Lives is one of the Trust’s newest projects, but is doing great things to help create healthier communities.

So as part of the Community Trust’s #HealthMonth, we wanted to reintroduce the project and tell you a little bit more about it.

A partnership between the Trust, the British Heart Foundation and Neath Port Talbot CVS, Hearty Lives aims to reduce the risk of cardio vascular disease (CVD).

Operating in the Neath Port Talbot area, it aims to do this as statistics show that people living in here are more likely to experience CVD and therefore aims to combat this.

Working with our partners, as well as training our own volunteers, we deliver a range of sessions within the community to share health messages.

One of our initiatives, Walking Football, is delivered weekly at Llandarcy Sports Academy every Thursday between 3.30-4.30pm to allow people of any age and any ability to get on the pitch and play the sport they love at a slower pace. Walking Football has proved so popular, we are introducing a second session this month at Meadow View Sports.

Another initiative is our Swans Health Challenge which gives people the opportunity to win a Swansea shirt, presented at the Liberty Stadium, if they reach achievable health related goal.

The 12 week Challenge, organised by Hearty Lives at a variety of venues including 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 Participants are given valuable support and information through workshops, covering exercise and diet, to help them achieve their goals.

For more information about volunteering, taking part in the challenge, or getting involved with Walking Football, please contact the Hearty Lives Co-ordinator, Leonne Daniel on Leonne@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk or call 07876886194


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