Community Talks

Heartbeat’s community programme focuses on highlighting the risk factors associated with Cardiovascular Disease and aims to empower individuals to make small changes that have a big impact on their overall health.

Our talks and workshops include:

  • Heartbeat NWCC – Our story so far….

This session details our history, our services, how we self-fund, our lottery, volunteering opportunities and our impact on cardiovascular disease in Lancashire. This session also includes a video of some of our member’s experiences with Heartbeat NWCC.

  • Healthy hearts – how heart smart are you?

Annually in the UK alone 42,000 people die prematurely from cardiovascular disease (CVD). This interactive quiz explores the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. Models and statistics are used throughout the quiz to help reinforce and animate the topics of discussion.

  • Surviving heart disease

Nothing is more powerful than a story from the heart. Our stories of survival make the data on heart disease come to life and echo the importance of prevention and early detection.

  • Diabetes and heart disease

Since 1996, the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled. This session explores the relationship between diabetes and cardiovascular disease, reducing the risk and how to help protect the heart if diabetes is already present.

  • Cholesterol and heart disease

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the nation’s biggest killer. Statistics show that raised blood cholesterol is a factor in nearly half of all CHD cases, this session explores this relationship and gives information about cholesterol testing and its results.

  • Understanding high blood pressure/Hypertension

More than one in four adults in the UK have high blood pressure, although many won’t realise it. This session explores ‘the silent killer’, its relationship to CHD, the health risks and how to lower blood pressure. We can provide blood pressure tests for your group however this would incur a cost per person.

  • Healthy eating

Not a day goes by without a new announcement on what we should, or shouldn’t be eating. Social media, TV, newspapers, claims to make you thin, low fat this, sugar free that!! This session explores how a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of developing coronary heart disease, reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure, and help lower cholesterol levels.

  • Chair based exercise

If you have difficulty standing or walking, it doesn’t have to mean exercise is out of the question. This practical class is an excellent way of introducing the body to exercise. Exercises are performed from a seated position and are designed to promote strength, flexibility, and co-ordination.

  • First aid skills

Would you know what to do in an emergency? Knowing when to call an ambulance and knowing how to give basic life support is the first chain in the chain of survival. We provide awareness sessions and demonstrations around actions in an emergency.

  • Hydration and heart health

Hydration reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 46% in men and 59% in women, this talk explores this evidence giving tips of how to ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day.

All our sessions are tailor made to suit your meetings, conferences, and events. As a self-funding charity, we rely on donations to continue our work in the Lancashire area, a donation from your group would be appreciated.

For further information and to discuss your needs and our availability please contact us on 01772 717147 or email

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