I love my… Heart

Physical activity

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3 hours

“Get To Know Your Heart”

Duration: around 10-15 mins.

Group size: from small to large

Materials: the story, enough space, music, etc.

Hints for the facilitator

  • Exercises can be adapted depending on the group members, but it is based on basic warm up exercises;
  • Make sure that there is enough space for all participants.
  • Make sure that everyone in the group feels comfortable.
  • Make sure that the environment is safe.

The Facilitator puts energetic music and instructs the group to move to the following movements:

  • pull your shoulder blades back, extend arms and legs and really focus on the movement
  • 5 body weight squats
  • 5 lunges (each leg)
  • 5 hip rotations each leg
  • arm swings (holding your arms straight out to the side, and then swing them and cross them in front of your chest)
  • Shoulder rotations (holding your arms straight out to the side, and move your arms in a circular motion, making bigger circles each time).

1. “Tell me about my heart”

Duration: around 40 mins.

Group size: from small to large

Materials: Appendix 1 (Infographic), paper, sheets, pens, flip chart, PC, etc.

The Facilitator presents a short presentation about the topic (or can use the Module’s infographics or a suitable video from internet), and then proceeds with a short discussion based on the following question: “What are the ways to really love your heart?” Participants can write their ideas on small sheets in heart-shape and stick them on the flipchart.

After the first activity, the Facilitator proceeds with the 2nd part of the activity entitled “Let’s map out our heart”. He/she divides participants into smaller groups and gives each group a task to present the topic by creating a mind map, using the following areas:

HEART, CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, POSITIVE, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, DISEASES PREVENTION, RED MEAT, OMEGA – 3, PRESSURE MEASUREMENT, LOVE, HEART ATTACH, CHANGE, RISK FACTORS

After 15 minutes, each group is asked to present their work

Hints for the Facilitator:

  • The Facilitator may ask participants the following questions:
  • to state why they connected to each word the way they did?
  • What was easiest to find – positive or negative statements for our hearts?
  • What is considered as the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease in the country each participant originates?
Appendix 2: "Tell me about my heart"

2. „Let's train our hearts“

Duration: around 20-30 mins.

Group size: from small to large

Materials: paper, sheets, pens, flip chart, PC, etc.

The Facilitator divides participants into smaller groups and gives each group a task to give the answers:

  • Ideas for physical activity in kindergarten, school, workplace, university, etc.?
  • How the physical activity is good for the body and the mind, in the target groups mentioned in the previous question?

After 15 minutes, each group is asked to present their work along with a good practice which people can adopt in their daily lifestyle.

3. „Keep moving, keep on living”

Duration: around 40-45 mins.

Group size: from small to large       

Materials: sheets, pens, flip chart, Wi-Fi, PC or smart phones, markers etc.

The Facilitator splits the group into two teams and distributes the following questions/tasks.

  1. How can sport and physical activity solve problems related to cardiovascular diseases?
  2. Create a campaign or event based on sport or physical activity among people with cardiovascular problems.
  3. Describe who can participate in the campaign or event (athletes, students, disabled people, people with obesity, people with different religions).
  4. Create motto, sign, poster, etc.

Team B

  1. How can sport and physical activity solve problems related to cardiovascular diseases?
  2. Create a campaign or event based on physical activity or sport among 18-35 year old people.
  3. Who can participate in the campaign or event (athletes, students, disabled people, people with obesity, people with different religions).
  4. Create motto, sign, poster, etc.

At the end, each team is asked to present their work for approximately 10-15 mins. At the end of each presentation short discussion between all participants takes place.

Hints for the Facilitator:

  • What is common between the two campaigns?
  • What is the difference between the two campaigns?
  • What is the similarity between them?
  • What is the difference between them?
  • Who would fund such a campaign?

Evaluation

After the end of all activities, the Facilitator asks each participant:

  • Can people with problems with cardiovascular system and the ones with heart disease (please clarify with participants the difference if needed) do physical exercise or some sport to minimize the risk of infarction, stroke, heart disease?
  • What kind of exercises are suitable for people with stroke – yoga, moderate gymnastic, etc.?
  • Which sports and what type of exercise are recommended for prevention of heart diseases?

The Facilitator can present to all participants useful applications that may be useful in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases (Nike+ Training Club Арр, GymGoal Pro Арр, еtс.). If the facilitator found out that the group is independent enough, they can research for the applications themselves, without giving them hints with apps names.

"Training for your heart"

All participants will be asked to do individual training programs with the help of the presented applications to improve their physical condition and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Within two weeks, all participants will be asked to share in social networks and medias, FB group “Start now” what is the effect of these training programs. Participants will be also invited to share in social media post, photos or videos of these exercises.

Participants can also find in Facebook a profile picture frame of campaign about raising awareness of cardiovascular diseases and set it in its profile for the period of the dissemination (two weeks).