Alex Easton MLA is getting behind British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland’s Heart Month and is calling on the people of North Down to take 10 minutes to change their life during February.

Around 10,820 people in North Down are living with cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. But the risk of many conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke, can be significantly reduced by making improvements to your lifestyle.

This February, the country’s heart charity, with the support of Alex Easton MLA is urging local people to take at least 10 minutes every day to improve their heart health. Whether it’s getting active, making simple food swaps or planning your journey to quit smoking, every little change can make a big difference to your heart health.

On Monday 2 February Alex Easton MLA had the chance to sign up and take the 10 minute Challenge. Alex also had the opportunity to hear all about the pioneering new partnership between BHF Northern Ireland, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland and Tesco. This three year partnership aims to raise millions of pounds and with local support it will help to save lives through helping thousands of local people eat better and get active, reducing the risk of serious ill-health in the future, as well as helping to fund the vital work of BHF Northern Ireland and Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.

During Heart Month BHF Northern Ireland is offering an email support programme and advice to help people improve their diet, get more active or quit smoking.

For more information about the Heart Month 10 minute challenge visit or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #10MinChallenge