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PEOPLE have a chance to take the first steps to help look after their heart and live longer.

The event is aimed at disabled people and their carers and takes place at the Hartlepool Centre for Independent Living, Havelock Street on Wednesday, August 29.

Hartlepool’s commitment to tackling heart disease was demonstrated when it became one of the first towns in the North-East to be awarded Heart Town status by the British Heart Foundation.

Residents are able to drop in to the event between 10am and 4pm when there will be a wide range of activities and advice available.

This will include NHS health checks, blood pressure and pulse checks, heart health advice, alcohol advice, support to help quit smoking plus details to help people to become more active.

There will also the chance to meet local Paralympic swimmer Kevin Walsh who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in 1984 and went on to compete in several Paralympic Games for Team GB.

Chris Briddon, a British Heart Foundation nurse practitioner, said: “Although the overall health of Hartlepool residents is improving, British Heart Foundation figures show that more than 100 people are still dying of heart disease each year.

“This particular event is aimed at disabled people and their carers, and there will be lots of advice and support to help people make healthier choices about their lifestyle.”

The Healthy Heart day is one of a series of events that are being held at the Centre for Independent Living in Burbank, Hartlepool.

A public health grant was recently awarded to Incontrol-able CiC which is actively promoting the centre as well as focusing on health issues for people with disabilities

Further information about the event can be obtained by contacting Clare Peacock, at Hartlepool Borough Council, on (01429) 851353 or email: clare.peacock@hartlepool.gov.uk

Refreshments and a British sign language translator will also be available on the day.