As public health settles down into its new home at the council, Croydon is set to take on the borough’s biggest killer disease by becoming a Heart Town. By signing up to the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) initiative, Croydon will join around 50 other Heart Towns across the country to tackle heart disease. It will become the ninth in London.
For the next two years, the charity will be working closely with the council to offer residents and businesses support in campaigns in schools and the workplace to raise awareness. The initiative, due to launch in June, will focus on providing education around how to prevent heart disease. Heart and circulatory diseases are responsible for around a third of deaths in Croydon.
Communities in Croydon will be able to learn practical steps on how to improve their heart health and benefit from BHF’s wide range of resources and educational programmes. These include:
- Heart Matters – a free service for keeping your heart healthy, including a magazine that’s packed with great ideas and support.
- Keeping Young Hearts Beating – a programme for local schools, youth groups and nurseries – including Arties Olympics, Ultimate Dodgeball and Jump Rope for Heart.
- Health at Work – turn your work place into a more active, energised environment with this free package of practical tools and resources to promote better health in your organisation.
The British Heart Foundation will also be one of the Mayor of Croydon elect’s chosen charities for the year ahead. And as part of the initiative, Croydon will adopt Heart Town branding during National Heart Month.
Councillor Margaret Mead, cabinet member for adult services and health, said: “Heart disease is Britain’s biggest killer and the council is eager to embrace this fantastic initiative.
“By becoming a Heart Town and fighting heart disease, we can help people who live and work in Croydon lead healthier and longer lives.”
For more details about the programmes visit bhf.org.uk