Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world, and the link between poor diet and the likelihood of developing these diseases is proven:
- People who are overweight or obese (i.e. a BMI of over 25) are around 70% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, with the risk increasing alongside weight.
- A diet high in saturated, trans-fats and salt, with a low intake of fruit and vegetables, is linked to cardiovascular risk, including increased blood pressure.
- Some studies show that more than half of new coronary heart disease cases are attributed to being obese.
Our Heart Hub sessions are particularly aimed at those with, or at risk of developing, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other heart related conditions.
We currently run a monthly cooking demonstration in Seaton, where our cooks focus on recipes which are suitable for those suffering from these conditions, and also provide nutritional advice and support. Anyone who has signed up to join the Heart Hub also receives a monthly information/recipe newsletter so that those who are unable to attend the demos still receive relevant support and advice.
What people are saying
I forward my newsletter, after copying recipes I intend to try, to my Down’s Syndrome daughter in Hove. Janet is type 2 diabetic and has now both diabetes and weight under control. So thank you.’
“I appreciate all the encouragement and support I have received from HALFF.”
‘I have an eating disorder. Receiving and reading your newsletter gives me confidence and reassurance which are really important to me when buying, preparing and cooking food. Gradually I am realising that it is okay to eat and enjoy what I eat, and the ‘guilt’ that I often feel is not as prominent. I am eating healthily. I look and feel much better and am stronger in my mind and body. Thank you.’
“I have lost 2 stone in weight, am no longer considered at risk of type 2 diabetes, I have more energy and I feel fantastic.”
“I’ve learnt you don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat well.”
”My cholesterol level is now lower.”
From our Seaton Heart Hub 91% of people reported an increase in confidence/self esteem and nutritional knowledge as a result of attending our sessions and receiving newsletters; 54% of people felt that their health had improved.