Take ten minutes to change your life during Heart Month
Taking just 10 minutes each day to make tiny changes to your lifestyle can lower your risk of conditions such as heart attack and stroke.
February is Heart Month and GPs at Lambeth CCG are encouraging residents to take on the British Heart Foundation 'Heart Month Challenge' to make one small change, every day.
Adrian McLachlan, Chair of Lambeth CCG, said it was the small changes that could make the biggest difference. "We know people are often pushed for time in today's society and are often juggling a million things at once, however 75% of cardiovascular disease is preventable and making the smallest of changes can help pave the way towards a healthier heart. Whether it's getting active, making simple food swaps or quitting smoking, every little change can lower your risk of heart attach and stroke."
Other small changes could include getting off the bus two stops earlier to walk home, trying a new fruit or getting active during the ad break of your favourite TV programme.
One in four people in the UK will develop heart and circulatory disease each year. Every year almost 160,000 people die from heart and circulatory disease, an average of 440 people each day.
In Lambeth, there was an average of 442 deaths due to cardiovascular disease each between 2010 and 2012.
The disease kills more women than men and there are currently seven million people in the UK living with heart and circulatory disease.
For a quick guide and tips to taking on the Heart Month Challenge visit the British Heart Foundation website at www.bhf.org.uk/tenminutes