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Liverpool Healthy Families Heart Project

Date: 10 June 2022 01:04

There are 7.6 million people living with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the UK, and it is the largest cause of premature death in deprived areas. However, it's also been identified as the single biggest area where the NHS can save lives over the next 10 years.

This has inspired Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (LHCH) and charity, Heart Research UK, to create a project to improve the heart health of the local Liverpool population. Nearly half of the city's primary schools are located in areas with high levels of deprivation or social inequalities*, and this is where the project is directing its efforts.

LHCH is delighted that the first pilot healthy heart day took place at Fazakerley Primary School on Friday 10th June

To educate children on the importance of heart health, Year 6 pupils took part in Heart Research UK's primary school programme. They were taken on an exciting journey through the heart, using virtual reality and computer games.

The programme is entirely free for schools and covers all the heart and circulatory points on the KS2 curriculum.

As part of the day, a Heart Health Bus was positioned outside the school for teachers, carers and parents to get their blood pressure and pulse checked by nurses. This was to help identify any early signs of heart disease, so that people could be referred for further checks. Healthcare professionals were also on hand to give out healthy lifestyle advice and signpost to other support services like smoking cessation.

The day was also supported by Liverpool FC Foundation who delivered an after school PE lesson for some of the children.

For further information about the Healthy Families Heart Project, please visit: https://heartresearch.org.uk/primary-schools-programme/


*The deprivation data has been provided by Intel Analytics at Liverpool City Council and is based on 2019 data collection and therefore may be subject to change.