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Hundreds of women unite to fight for Manchester's hearts

  • 31 March 2014 10:00
  • Posted by @MCFC

On Mothering Sunday (30 March), hundreds of women and their families came together to take part in a pedometer challenge at the Etihad Stadium to lead the fight for every heartbeat in Manchester.

The ‘City.Heart.Walk’ event marked the launch of a partnership between Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) that will help people reduce their risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) – the nation’s single biggest killer.  

The first event aimed to raise awareness of the number of women in Manchester affected by heart disease, whilst helping to bust the myth that only men die from heart problems. 

CHD is one of the biggest killers of women in the UK, with an estimated 41,000 women suffering from the condition in Greater Manchester. It claims the lives of more than 30,000 women in the UK every year and 900,000 are currently living with the condition across the country.

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But taking steps to improve your lifestyle - such as doing more physical activity, eating a better diet and quitting smoking - can significantly cut your risk of developing CHD in the first place. The prevalence of obesity, physical inactivity and smoking in Greater Manchester are all above the national average.  

The BHF say 10,000 steps a day (about five miles) can help you improve your heart health and maintain a healthy weight. The ‘City.Heart.Walk’ event provided an opportunity for women to learn about the risks of heart disease in a fun and empowering way. Women and their families took on one of three walking challenges with free pedometers to measure their progress towards their 10,000th step.  

Gail Blakey, 59, from Denton came along to the event with her three children and enjoyed using the pedometer.

"I’ve learnt a lot about heart disease today and what practical things I can do to reduce the risk for all the family," she said. "I’m going to use the pedometer to measure how many steps I do every day from now on and make sure I hit that 10,000th step."

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Mike Green, Head of the Club’s foundation City in the Community said: "Community has always been at the centre of the Club and we’re committed to tackling issues facing local residents. Today has been a great event and has showcased how two passionate organisations working together can help make a real difference.

"The partnership will draw upon unique expertise from the Club and the BHF to provide free, accessible and knowledgeable advice and initiatives to local residents." 

Ceri Jones, Head of Heart Health Resources at the BHF, said: "It’s been fantastic to see women and families from all over Manchester unite and take steps to improve their heart health.

"I hope many of the same families are now inspired to build more walking in to their daily routines. Coronary heart disease is the nation’s single biggest killer but the message of this unique partnership is that there are simple changes you can make to reduce your risk of developing this potentially life-threatening condition."

With a Zumba warm up, smoothie-making bike, football activities and a kids zone on hand to build up those extra steps, it was a great day out for all the family. To find out about the steps you can take to cut your risk of heart disease visit: www.bhf.org.uk/prevention

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