Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in people with learning disabilities. They are less likely to get enough exercise and more likely to develop risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity.
Hearty Lives Great Yarmouth is a specially designed Health Trainer programme. It offers a course of one-to-one sessions supporting people with learning disabilities and their carers to make lifestyle changes, such as eating more healthily, being more active or stopping smoking.
The project involves the local Community Learning Disability Teams, health and social care, support workers and local charities over the next three years.
- To make an impact on the health and lifestyles of people with learning disabilities using mini project targeted road shows
- To support carers and social care professionals working with PLD to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle
- To provide and promote local Public Health leadership – coordinating and supporting a wide range of lifestyle interventions, and building this into the long term aims of local health services.
If you would like to find out more about the project please visit Norfolk's Living Well. You can also contact Kerry Powell, Public Health Officer, on [email protected] or 01603 638418.
Alternatively you can contact Andrew Leatherland, BHF Regional Development Manager, on [email protected].