AN EXERCISE support group is running voluntary classes to help prevent heart disease and aid recovery for sufferers.
Peter Diamond, chairman of Chester Heart Support Group, believes basic everyday exercise is the key to heart disease prevention and recovery and has seen it turn people's lives around.
The support group, which meets at Upton Village Hall in Heath Road, has been running for 15 years and offers exercise classes three times each week for its 400 members who have suffered with various heart conditions such as angina.
It also runs a range of daily activities such as walking, golf and yoga, encouraging members to enjoy daily exercise.
'If you've got heart disease you've got to change your lifestyle - stop smoking, exercise and cut out saturated fats or you will end up back in hospital,' said Peter, who had a bypass 15 years ago.
'If I hadn't changed my lifestyle I would be bed-bound or dead. Whilst our oldest member is 101, our youngest is 31, which is frightening.
'People look pale and drawn and stressed-out when they first come to us, but the exercise and activities give them a new life.'
Concerned health chiefs across the North West are encouraging people to incorporate exercise into their daily lifestyle to ward off killer diseases such as angina, type II diabetes and cancer.
Simple tasks such as doing the garden or walking the kids to school are said to be more effective than slogging it out in the gym once a week.
Concerns were sparked by a major report by chief medical officer Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, entitled At Least Five-a-Week, warning that lack of physical activity could be as fatal as smoking and fatty diets. For more information about Chester Heart Support Group's activities and services, telephone Peter Diamond on 01244 851441.