Team's film is Fab idea to get people moving
A health team has produced a video to help hammer home the message that exercise can help lessen the risk of heart disease.
The Fab – fit and active buddies – team at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust has posted the short film on YouTube.
It promotes the six-week programme run by the team to help people lose weight, eat better and reduce the risk of them developing heart disease.
More than 1,000 people have been through the programme since the start of April.
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Rob Melling, health improvement team leader, said: "We have renamed this month Fab-ruary to promote national heart month and to help people remember their heart.
"As with any muscle in your body, regular physical activity increases the size and strength of the heart.
"This allows the heart to pump blood with less effort even while your body is at rest.
"As the heart grows in strength, it takes less work for it to pump blood, which results in less risk of heart damage and reduces the risk of developing heart disease.
"This is why we encourage people to do exercise for at least 30 minutes a week which leaves them slightly out of breath.
"Exercise should be fun, so people shouldn't force themselves to do something they don't like."
The six-week Fab programme comprises two-hourly sessions once a week at various city locations.
The first hour is spent talking about healthy eating and reading food labels, while the second hour is exercise.
Mr Melling said: "We look at a lot of exercises people can do in their own homes and things such as walking."
Maria Iannucci, 59, from Evington, has benefited from the scheme. Her weight dropped from 11st 10lb to 10st 7lb when she took part in the programme in June.
She said: "I went on the course after my doctor told me I needed to lose weight and lower my cholesterol level.
"I had never really thought about what I was eating or the portion sizes and the course really helped with that.
"I am much more careful about the way I cook now. I don't fry food as much and have cut down on the portions that I have."
Mrs Ianucci, a garage receptionist, said: "I feel so much better for losing weight and my cholesterol level has come right down.
"I am trying to keep up the exercise but it is quite difficult finding the time, especially in the winter, but I am planning to do some walking as the weather gets better."
To find out more or to book on to the Fab programme, call 0116 294 3221.
To view the YouTube film, visit:
www.youtube.com/ watch?v=yhN0-iPSniA& feature=youtu.be