Thursday, June 19, 2014
Hospital League of Friends funds health screening initiative
A new support and information service for people at risk of heart disease and diabetes has been launched in Seaton.
Axe Valley-based charity Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF) is introducing its Heart Hub to the resort, thanks to a big cash boost from the local hospital’s league of friends.
The service is for people with or at risk of heart disease, type two diabetes and high blood pressure.
Under the scheme there are currently 60 local residents registered in Axminster who receive regular free newsletters – either by post or e-mail, whichever they prefer. These contain recipes, information on food planning, labelling, budgeting and exercise tips, and everyone may attend a monthly cooking demonstration specifically designed for older people.
Organisers say people involved from Axminster have lost weight, cook more, eat more fruit and vegetables and have told HALFF it is an invaluable service which they really value.
Dr Joe Kent, GP at the Seaton and Colyton Medical Practice said: “We are delighted to welcome and support HALFF to Seaton. This is a brilliant local community charity that offers a fantastic opportunity for us to make sustainable lifelong changes to the way that we eat by enriching our attitude to our diet, its nutritional content and provenance.”
A spokeswoman for HALFF said: “Some participants are carers for sick and disabled relatives. Often they feel that their health is irrelevant providing they continue to care for their loved ones. As a result their health suffers. HALFF feel that all members of the community should be able to have access to their services and have designed this monthly support group to include carers.”
From this month HALFF will be running a free monthly cooking demonstration at the United Reform Church, Cross Street, Seaton on the fourth Friday of the month between 10.30am and 12.30pm. The first is next week (June 27), followed by July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 28, and December 19. The sessions are open to everyone even if they are not registered with the Heart Hub.
Added the spokeswoman: “The support group is really important to help people to maintain healthier lifestyles, to help them to plan healthier meals and to understand how their diet can affect their health. Getting people together to talk about what changes they are making, also encourages them and helps them to learn from each other.”
Contact email@example.com for more information or to register for the free fortnightly newsletter.
For more information about HALFF, call 01297 631782 or go to www.halff.org.uk