Hearty Lives Barnsley

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The Fit Reds project was established in September 2010 with the aim of tackling male health inequalities within the Barnsley borough.

The Hearty Lives Fit Reds project was funded to extend the programme in a multi-partnership alliance consisting of community health trainers, Barnsley NHS, and Barnsley Football Club’s Community Sports and Education trust.

The project

So far, over 180 men have benefitted from the programme which has resulted in massive reductions in waistlines, blood pressure readings and weight over the past two years.

With the help of the BHF Hearty lives funding, the Fit Reds project will build upon this success and focus on targeting those men who continue to lead unhealthy lifestyles.

A project coordinator is now in place, and participants are benefitting from an eight week activity and healthy lifestyles programme delivered by community health trainers. This includes information and advice on healthy eating, followed up by a practical session delivered by Barnsley FC coaches.

The sessions are normally delivered on Barnsley FC’s premises which helps aid the motivation of those who attend. Barnsley FC is a powerful tool for attracting men to the project, and the club itself is very supportive in providing venue hire, accommodation and incentives such as match tickets.

Our aim

We aim to work with over 600 men in three years in an area where male health inequalities are amongst the highest in the country, with the average Barnsley man dying 1.8 years younger than the national average of 78.

More info

For more information about the project contact Lee Thompson on 01226 211333 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, contact Area Development Manager Stephanie Dilnot on [email protected]