Over 6,000 people have benefitted from the ‘Hearty Lives’ programme in Carrickfergus, Greenisland and Whitehead.
The success of the healthy living project was celebrated at an event held in the Loughshore Hotel on June 21.
It was attended by over 100 delegates from all over Northern Ireland, and included a keynote address from Susan Hayes Culleton of The Positive Economist.
It was highlighted that since the project was launched in June 2013 over 6,000 people benefitted
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Audrey Wales said: “British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland’s Hearty Lives programme has been funding Hearty Lives Carrickfergus over the last three years.
“Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has developed the project with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust and the Public Health Agency. Working in partnership, the project team developed programmes to tackle obesity in young women and to help women to achieve and maintain a healthy weight before, during and after pregnancy.
“The team also worked to co-ordinate and develop programmes for families with young children to prevent obesity and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”
Florence Hand, Hearty Lives operational manager for NHSCT said: “The Trust were delighted to work in partnership with the Council, BHF NI and the PHA to integrate specific skills and services and make a real impact in the local communities.
“The Hearty Lives Carrickfergus project has encouraged and supported local people and their families to reduce their risk of becoming overweight and improve their heart health.”
Jayne Murray, Head of BHF NI explained: “Through the Hearty Lives Carrickfergus project, we have invested over £230,000 in the Carrickfergus, Whitehead and Greenisland communities over the last three years.
“This investment has developed programmes to tackle obesity in young women, helped women achieve a healthy weight before and after pregnancy and supported families with young children to prevent obesity. We are delighted the programme has benefited more than 6,000 people in the community.”