Celebrities Line Up To Support HEART UK’s ‘Six Out of Ten’ National Cholesterol Week Campaign

 
 
Celebrities supporting HEART UK's National Cholesterol Week
Celebrities supporting HEART UK's National Cholesterol Week
Oct. 15, 2013 - PRLog -- Ten celebrities including a Dame, a chef, a pop star, a former England cricketer and a former MP have shown their support for HEART UK’s National Cholesterol Week™ by highlighting the fact that six out of 10 people in the UK face a serious health risk from raised cholesterol.

Each of the celebrities agreed to wear a HEART UK Question Mark t-shirt to convey the message that in most cases, adults are not even aware of what their cholesterol level is and that it does not discriminate in terms of age, race or waistline.

Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey said: “It’s a pleasure to help out HEART UK with their ‘Six out of 10’ campaign. It is always important to be conscious of your health and to understand the effects that certain foods and lifestyle choices have on your body. It’s so important to exercise regularly and have check-ups with your doctor.”

Apprentice finalist and entrepreneur Luisa Zissman added: “My close friend died of a heart attack when he was only 39 so I'm proud to support HEART UK and promote the message that six out of 10 people are at risk of coronary heart disease, because it is a cause that is very close to my heart.”

Former MP Ann Widdecombe commented: “Prevention is always better than cure, not just for the victim but for the families too. Everybody should resolve to get to know their cholesterol level.”

Among the other celebrities who took part were double Olympic gold medal-winning rower Pete Reedand Benidorm starCrissy Rock, who found out she had high cholesterol just in time. She said: “I’m really proud to be involved in HEART UK’s six out of 10 campaign to raise awareness of the fact that so many people are at risk of developing coronary heart disease from raised cholesterol. MORE

“I was fortunate enough to find out I had high cholesterol before it was too late. I was extremely shocked to hear I could potentially have a heart attack at any time so I’ve had to change my diet and lifestyle to make sure this doesn’t happen. Don’t be caught out like me and fail to look after yourself. Remember, you only have one heart and one life – make sure you live it sensibly.”

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence revealed that he used to have raised cholesterol. He explained: “I used to have raised cholesterol but through healthy eating and keeping active I have it under control. There are no clear signs that you have raised cholesterol so you never know when you might find yourself in a hospital bed. I am proud to get behind HEART UK’s National Cholesterol Week because it's an important cause.”

HEART UK Ambassador Aldo Zilli agreed and added: “Heart disease is the biggest killer in the UK and it’s amazing that six out of 10 people have raised cholesterol. It’s easy to lower your cholesterol to safe levels by doing some exercise and eating a diet full of fresh vegetables and pulses. So during HEART UK’s National Cholesterol Week, let’s all make an effort to eat more healthily and raise funds to help those and their families who have suffered with heart disease.”

Simon Webbe, singer with hit pop group ‘Blue’ believes that health and fitness should be everyone’s priority. He said: “HEART UK’s campaign demonstrates how important it is that we all try and maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Get some exercise, eat healthily and enjoy life.”

HEART UK Chief Executive Jules Payne said: “HEART UK’s National Cholesterol Week gives us the opportunity to do even more to help the thousands of people across the UK with raised cholesterol. We’re delighted that so many celebrities agreed to support our campaign and help us raise awareness of one of Britain’s biggest silent killers, heart disease, with cholesterol affecting six in 10 adults across the UK.

“HEART UK is passionate about helping people with raised cholesterol, which can affect people of all ages and all shapes and sizes. We’re urging people to take an active role to help us to raise funds and awareness during National Cholesterol Week, which will help us to provide support for patients and their families across the UK.” MORE…

Of the estimated 120,000 people in the UK with FH (1 in 500 of the population), only 15-20% have been formally diagnosed, despite the fact that, unlike many genetic conditions, FH can be diagnosed and treated relatively simply, preventing premature heart disease that can cause sudden death.

HEART UK is the UK's only cholesterol charity, dedicated to providing support for people with inherited and non-inherited high cholesterol. They also work with governing bodies and medical stakeholders to develop better methods of detection and treatment for cholesterol-related conditions.

To support HEART UK or to arrange your own fundraising activities, please contact Charlotte Hoare at HEART UK by calling 01628 777046 or email ch@heartuk.org.uk

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NOTES TO EDITORS

HEART UK was formed in 2002 following a merger of The Family Heart Association (FHA) and the British Hyperlipidaemia Association (BHA).

HEART UK - The Cholesterol Charity - promotes healthy hearts and better lives by:

·          helping and supporting individuals, families and health professionals to understand and control cholesterol conditions and other heart risks

·          promoting education and research to improve identification, prevention, treatment and care of cholesterol and lipid conditions

·          working in partnership with government, the NHS, industry and other charities

·          promoting best practice in addressing inherited and non-inherited cholesterol conditions

Six out of 10 adults in the UK have raised cholesterol. Over 120,000 people in Britain have a form of inherited high cholesterol called Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) which can cause premature death as those as young as 30 – and only 15% of those with the condition are known.

People wishing to find out more about FH should contact: HEART UK on the helpline - 0845 450 5988, or visit www.heartuk.org.uk

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