TO MARK National Heart Month this February, I’ve teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to call on the nation to do at least one thing to improve their heart health, while raising much-needed funds for the charity’s life saving work.

According to a new UK survey by the BHF, many UK adults are more concerned about their physical (63%) and mental health (56%) because of the pandemic and around half (48%) say they feel unhealthier as a result. Nearly half (46%) also say they’ve put on weight.

The good news is that more than half (54%) of those surveyed are now determined to get more physically active.

National Heart Month is the perfect opportunity to put that intent into action and look after our hearts, particularly at a time when we’re looking for ways to boost our health while following Government guidelines. Taking on an activity such as BHF’s MyCycle or My Step Challenge can help us move more – whether inside our outdoors – and support the charity’s vital work.

Since the start of the pandemic, the BHF has sadly had to cut investment in new research by £50 million, which will delay important scientific breakthroughs.

Having been diagnosed with a congenital heart condition as a child, I know all too well the importance of the work they do, which is why I’m encouraging the public to back the BHF and raise funds to help save and improve lives.

Roger Black MBE

British Heart Foundation Ambassador