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Monday, 01 February 2016 (3074592)
Pupils to benefit from healthy heart project
by Henry James


PRIMARY school children in Skelmersdale are set to benefit from a new project funded by a Healthy Heart grant awarded by national charity, Heart Research UK.

BDS Training in Skelmersdale works with disengaged and disadvantaged children and young adults to offer them support to build their confidence, self-esteem and improve health and wellbeing.

The community group has been awarded £5,000 to fund the project, Captain Heart and the BDS Squad.

The 10 month venture, which will begin this month, aims to benefit 10 primary schools in Skelmersdale by promoting education and a healthy heart through fun-filled, informative activities.

Nationally, figures show that people living in deprived areas are, on average, more likely to die from heart disease than people living in more affluent areas.

By targeting young people, BDS Training hopes to help people in Skelmersdale to live healthier, happier and longer lives by reducing future heart disease risk factors.

Up to 300 youngsters aged seven-eight are expected to get involved in the project, and the organisation will offer sessions covering a wide aspect of topics relating to heart health.

 Four sessions will be held at each school covering subjects such as functions of the human body and vital organs such as the heart, healthy eating and physical activity. A health day will be held to recap on all topics aiming to test the outcome and success of the project.

Pupils will be measured through questionnaires at the beginning of the first session and at the end of session four, testing their knowledge on what they know about the heart, healthy food and exercise.

Kimberly Rowlands, centre and project manager at BDS Training, said: “We are really excited to be given the opportunity to take our brand new, fun-filled, child-centred project to the children of Skelmersdale.

”I know the children will love the super hero themed project and will take a lot of information about healthy hearts away from the sessions. Children will hopefully use this as a foundation to build on as they go through life.“

After these sessions have been delivered, participants should be able to make informed choices surrounding food and exercise and have an increased knowledge of heart health which they will take with them into their adult lives.

Heart Research UK national director, Barbara Harpham, said: ”Our Healthy Heart Grants scheme aims to help young people to improve their heart health, and the BDS Training project is aiming to do just that. 

“Getting children to understand all about healthy lifestyles is a great way to ensure that these good habits last them for a lifetime.”






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