It’s the support group that has helped thousands of heart patients stay healthy by taking regular walks since its foundation in 1996.
Now Braveheart has launched Optimise, a new fitness programme aimed at those aged 55 and over without any underlying medical conditions who want to improve their general health.
The free group sessions tackle the risk of developing heart disease or type two diabetes by offering advice on losing weight, healthy eating and the benefits of taking regular exercise.
And with new figures showing NHS Scotland spent £230 million on drugs to treat obesity and diabetes, it’s a timely intervention.
Braveheart began as a voluntary group that organised walks for recovering heart patients. It now offers regular meetings and leads walks throughout the Falkirk district and beyond.
Development officer Selas Jennings said: “We already offered help for people with heart disease and diabetes, but there are a lot of people without those conditions who wanted to take part in our activities.
“Optimise is open to anyone over 55 who wants to improve their fitness, and reduce the risk of developing such diseases. We currently run one class in Bainsford, and are in the process of beginning new groups in Stenhousemuir and Bo’ness. But we can start them in any area if there is enough interest. We need around eight-10 people for each group.”
If you are interested in joining Optimise call Selas on (01324) 673702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.