On the 30th June 2011 Bright Ideas Nottingham presented British Heart Foundation Hearts and Minds Conference at the Nottingham Contemporary.
Heart disease is the biggest single cause of death in Nottingham and some ethnic communities are more at risk than others. According to NHS Nottingham City, heart related death rates are probably double in our South Asian and African Caribbean communities, compared to the general Nottingham population, and those populations are also three times more likely to develop diabetes.
The good news is, heart disease is treatable, and also very preventable, but do people know how to prevent it?
The Hearts and Minds Conference was to raise awareness of heart disease with the aim of encouraging the city’s many diverse ethnic communities to get involved in spreading the word.
The event will be compered by the well-known journalist, producer and presenter Trish Adudu and Christine Belle, presenter with independent Nottingham radio station 97.5 Kemet FM who was also be broadcasting live from the event.
The event had a fun packed programme which included presentations from local people including Women Driving for a Change, Champions of Change and Change Makers. Guest speakers included Dr Chris Packham, Nottingham’s Director of Public Health from NHS Nottingham City; Ali Orhan, Project Manager – BME Communities at the British Heart Foundation; Dr David Gray, Consultant Cardiologist at Nottingham University Hospital; and Rose Thompson, Chair of the African-Caribbean Health Network, who also demonstrated the British Heart Foundation’s new Healthy Hearts Kit. There was also a performance from Mon0lisa Productions.
There was a live blog from the event that updated readers what was happening at the event:
Toby Neal was the photographer for the event. Click here to visit his online gallery to view the pictures from the event. The password to get into the gallery is heartsandminds.