Health chiefs are encouraging people in Wolverhampton to Wear it. Beat it. and help a heart charity's annual fundraising campaign.

This month is National Heart Month, and the British Heart Foundation is urging people to take part in its charity event by hosting a fundraiser on Friday (5 February, 2016).

Whether it's wearing something red, holding a red bake sale or doing anything else red, all money will go towards the British Heart Foundation's life saving research.

Heart and circulatory disease kills around 155,000 people in the UK each year, an average of one person every 3 minutes.

Councillor Sandra Samuels, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "National Heart Month is an important reminder for people to think about whether they are taking good care of their heart or not.

"Too many people in Wolverhampton suffer heart disease, not helped by high rates of obesity which our city faces. But the good news is there are many ways people can improve their heart health, from eating more healthily and exercising more to watching their weight, stopping smoking and cutting back on their alcohol intake.

"People can get help and advice about the small lifestyle changes which can improve their health and wellbeing by speaking to Wolverhampton's Healthy Lifestyles Team, who offer practical advice and guidance on healthy eating, losing weight, diet, portion control, stopping smoking and being more physically active."

The Only Way is Essex star Jessica Wright, who is fronting the British Heart Foundation campaign, said: "Too many lives are cut short by heart disease every year, but by wearing red on 5 February we can help beat it together. Every pound raised will help make a difference to millions."

For more details about Wear it. Beat it., and information about good heart health, please visit Type=links;Linkid=5934;Title=British Heart Foundation;Target=_blank;.

For more details of the support available from Wolverhampton's Healthy Lifestyles Team, please call 0800 073 4242 or 01902 444246.

  • released: Tuesday 2 February, 2016