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Medilink member Working Together for Active, Healthier Lives in 2016

Medilink member Team Activ is joining forces with Heart Research UK to encourage more people to live active, healthier lives.

Team Activ, a social enterprise, which run 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

The two organisations teamed up last July when Heart Research UK organised their first
Healthy Heart Corporate Walk in Leeds when city centre businesses stepped away from
their 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.

They joined forces again in September 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.

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 10 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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