New project promotes a healthy heart

Client Beth Hammett with students Ross Williams and Hallum Cook.

Client Beth Hammett with students Ross Williams and Hallum Cook. - Credit: Archant

Petroc students are working with the community to promote good heart health.

PETROC students are offering a new service in North Devon working with the community to promote heart health.

The North Devon Community Heart Health Project (NDCHHP) is run in conjunction with Plymouth University and the British Heart Foundation.

Clients will undergo a 10-week course led by final year students on the foundation degree in sports coaching, health and fitness.

Those on the course are either self referred or recommended by local health professionals, and learn new skills, health tips and advice.

Beth Hammett, who is a client on the project, said: “Before I was ill I was very unfit and weighed 17 stone.

“I now know how important it is to look after my health and now, for the first time in ages, I feel great.

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“I’ve decided to do the Nightwalk and the Heart Health Project is going to really help me get in shape for it.”

The course incorporates physical activity and lifestyle education to help them gain a level one award in lifestyle management.

“This is the first year that such a project has been delivered and it is gathering momentum,” said Michael Cairns, vice coordinator of the project.

“This is a fantastic chance for the college to interact with the community and its healthcare professionals to gain vital experience, as well as provide a service for local people looking to improve their lifestyle.”

Ross Williams, a student on the project, said the NDCHHP was a great experience for everyone involved.

He said: “Clients can gain health tips and advice for exercises they can do in their spare time outside of the project and students also have the opportunity to link their new skills to job opportunities in the future.”

To find out more about the project visit, search North Devon Community Heart Health Project on Facebook or follow @NDCHHP on Twitter.

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