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Hearty Lives gets fit with Britts

Leon Britton was on hand to present the latest participants to complete the Swans Health Challenge with shirts.

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

“The Hearty Lives project is set up to get people healthier in the community,” said the scheme’s co-ordinator, Leonne Daniel. “What we’re trying to do is decrease the rate of cardio vascular disease (CVD) in the area.”

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

“This particular initiative is called the Swans Health Challenge and the idea is to get people in to set a goal,” he continued. “We then work with them for 12 weeks, giving them information about the positives of healthy eating and physical activity.”

Upon arriving at the Liberty Stadium, the participants were presented with a Swans shirt by Leon and Lee Trundle, before receiving a tour of the ground but this particular group aren't the only ones improving their fitness.

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.

With the deliverance of these initiatives, Hearty Lives engages with approximately 200 people, helping them to lead healthy lifestyles.

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

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