Healthy hearts kit
Do you want to be able to show people how the
heart works, the risk factors for coronary heart disease and what
they can do to reduce their chances of developing it?
award winning healthy hearts kit helps health promoters
show people how they can look after their hearts
through interactive sessions. The kit is designed for people
- work or volunteer in a healthcare or community setting
- train or help people to lead a healthier lifestyle
- have some experience of training.
So if you're an active health
promoter such as a health trainer or
advocate, an interpreter,
NHS health promotion staff, or voluntary
and community worker, this kit will help you get
heart health messages across to those who need them most.
Suitable for a wide range of audiences, the
kit includes vital information for high risk groups such as
South Asian and black and minority ethnic
Development and Health Worker, A Moveable Feast (AMF) in
London and BHF Heart Hero 2011
AMF is a social enterprise, which works mainly
with deprived Arab and Bangladeshi communities. It provides
outreach services to these communities, which include a range of
sessions on health and wellbeing promotion, such as healthy eating,
nutrition, cooking and weight management, and health checks.
Phayza took our one-day Pass-it-on training
course to use the Healthy Hearts kit in 2009, and finds it’s a real
bonus in her work:
"The Healthy hearts kit is a wonderful tool
for health promotions. Along with a colleague and a BHF staff
member, I’ve delivered workshops to small groups of Arabic women to
raise their awareness about heart disease and how they can make
small but vital changes to live healthier lives. This is crucial
because many of these women are at high risk of heart disease due
to a poor diet, and lack of exercise.
"The kit contains very useful materials, and concise messages
that are easily understood by BME communities in an in'teractive
and fun way. It’s been a great success, and some of our service
users have since got involved with our physical activity and
healthy eating programme. Many thanks to the BHF for providing us
with such amazing resources."
Community Engagement Coordinator with the
Healthy Communities Collaborative, Salford.
Kieron works with Unlimited Potential, a
community-owned social enterprise that helps people to fulfil their
potential through leading happier, healthier lives. A vital part of
his day-to-day activities involves organising events across Salford
to raise and promote health awareness, including about
Kieron told us: “The Healthy Hearts
kit really helps me get key heart health messages across. It’s
simple to use, and the visual aids are a real bonus, whether I’m
engaging small groups or one-to-one. Because it’s interactive, the
kit is especially useful when I’m working with BME communities at
high risk and explaining how easy it is for people to reduce their
risk of heart disease by visiting their GP practice and through
simple lifestyle changes.”
Kieron and his team of volunteers also use the
kit as part of a cardiovascular disease awareness display in local
libraries and supermarkets, at drop-in stalls to engage communities
across the city, and on visits to local churches, mosques and
synagogues. Kieron has even recruited volunteers to translate the
kit’s key messages for asylum seekers.
And we provides other support too:
“Giving out Heart Helpline fridge magnets and information leaflets
keeps the kit’s messages in our clients’ minds and helps them keep
focused on how they can live healthy heart lives.”
Available to order now
To order your copy of the kit, or items from
it listed below, call our Orderline on 0870 600
6566 or click on the links to the publications order
- Healthy hearts kit (G453) - there is a suggested donation of
£30. Please note this kit is only available by
calling the Orderline on 0870 600 6566
Food cards pack one* (G453c)
Food cards pack two* (G453g)
Eatwell plate mat (G453e)
Goal sheets - pack of 25 (G453d)
- If you want to promote the Healthy hearts kit to other
health promoters, use the promotional flyer (G453f)
* If you're using the food cards from pack one and/or two, make
sure you download the new Food
card glossary, and
Food card facts. These guides will help you get the most from
the food cards by describing and identifying the
different foods and providing interesting facts to
Register for a Healthy hearts kit workshop
workshops provide free training for active
health promoters who want to deliver heart health messages
using their Healthy hearts kit.
If you already know about the risk
factors for coronary heart disease, but lack the confidence and/or
skills to deliver the training using the healthy hearts kit, then
this workshop could help.
Upcoming workshop dates
- Wednesday 31 July 2013 from 10am - 4pm in
North London. To register for this workshop please
complete the online
registration form, or for more information please
contact Lizzie Israeli on 020 7554 0396.
We run workshops across the UK, hosted by local organisations.
To find out about workshops in your area, or if you would like to
host a workshop, please contact
us for more details.