Working together for active, healthier lives in 2016

Two pioneering Yorkshire organisations are joining forces to encourage more people to live active, healthier lives.

Team Activ, a social enterprise, which runs engaging bespoke activity sessions and training for schools, communities and businesses, is working together with Yorkshire-based national charity Heart Research UK to get people to consider lifestyle changes and help their heart health.

The two organisations first teamed up last year when Heart Research UK organised its first Healthy Heart Corporate Walk in Leeds when city centre businesses stepped away from desks to take part in the fun.

Workers were encouraged to walk a short set route around Leeds city centre and healthy heart activities ran at hubs along the route led by Team Activ along with Rugby League stars and former world boxing champion Paul ‘Silky’ Jones.

The organisations joined forces late in 2015 when Team Activ and Heart Research UK helped deliver fun family activities as part of the family village at the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5k series which benefits the Leeds-based charity. The two organisations are planning further collaborations in 2016.

Darren Padgett, founder of Barnsley-based Team Activ, said: “We need to be physically active every day from an early age and by working with Heart Research UK we can share that message more widely.

“We’re facing a health timebomb but regular activity and healthier lifestyles can make a vast difference.”

Jodie Thomson, corporate fundraising at Heart Research UK, said: “Working with Team Activ gives us the opportunity to promote our key messages about fitness and health to a captive audience.

“Figures for heart disease in the UK are still far too high and often, just by making a few lifestyle changes like being more active, can reduce your risk factors.”

In the last ten years Heart Research UK has provided more than £10.2m to support pioneering research projects in hospitals and universities across the UK to develop new treatments and procedures that are helping people to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

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