Staff dress in red for heart char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

STAFF dressed head to toe in red to raise money and aware­ness for a heart char­ity.

The work­ers at the NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG), a col­lec­tion of GP prac­tices in Eastern Cheshire, dressed in red as part of the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion’s Wear It, Beat It cam­paign.

Em­ploy­ees paid £1 each to fund re­search into the causes, di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and pre­ven­tion of heart dis­ease and raise aware­ness for the cause.

Heart dis­ease is the largest cause of death in the UK and af­fects young and old alike.

Smok­ing, obe­sity, high blood pres­sure, high choles­terol, di­a­betes and a fam­ily his­tory of heart dis­ease can put an in­di­vid­ual at greater risk.

Dr Paul Bowen, chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG said: “Although deaths from heart dis­ease are be­low the na­tional av­er­age in our area, there’s no room for com­pla­cency. For Wear It, Beat It, we’re also urg­ing peo­ple aged 40 to 74 to ask their GP prac­tice about an NHS health check that can pick up signs of fa­tal ill­nesses like heart dis­ease early, aid­ing life-chang­ing steps to­wards bet­ter heart health.”

For more in­for­ma­tion go to nhs.uk/Livewell/ Healthy­hearts/Pages/ Lifestylechanges.aspx.

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