PEOPLE in Huddersfield are being urged to think about their heart health this month.
February is National Heart Month and health bosses are asking locals to take a look at their lifestyle and the possible effects this may have on their hearts.
Heart disease contributes to around 250 UK deaths every day.
But it is largely avoidable by eating a healthy and balanced diet, not drinking alcohol to excess, not smoking and taking part in regular exercise.
Paul Johnstone, regional director for public health at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Heart disease is a big killer in the region and National Heart Month is a great initiative which brings the disease to the forefront of people’s minds and hopefully encourages them to lead a healthy life.
“It is vital that we make people aware of the risks attached to leading an unhealthy lifestyle – smoking, drinking too much alcohol and eating fatty foods can all increase your chances of developing heart disease.
“There are some simple steps people can take to look after their hearts, including giving up cigarettes, getting more exercise and eating heart-friendly foods such as fruit and vegetables.”