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KEEPING THE HEARTBEAT IN THE COMMUNITY

RSA STUDENT DESIGN AWARDS

NETWORK RAIL

2021-2022

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My vision was to improve the general health within the Roby Community. Of the 143 people I interviewed, 109 people were classed as having or being at risk of heart disease. Therefore my mission was to create an innovative, positive collaboration of rehabilitation exercises and fun tasks to help prevent and rehabilitate the Roby community.

 

‘Keeping the heartbeat in the community is a brand-new take on a rehabilitation program for heart attack survivors, heart surgery survivors, and at-risk individuals.

 

Following recommended exercises for both post-heart attack, and post-heart surgery patients, I developed a fun, task-driven program, combined with themed days, that focuses on changing the lifestyle of the individual to integrate healthier choices. This incorporates easy exercises into their routine that does not feel like a chore and gave users the power to take control of their health again. The program features measures to reduce symptoms of loneliness and depression, by encouraging users to speak about their issues, as well as, encouraging users to try new activities and share these experiences with their loved ones.

 

The space doubles as an educational hub for the community as the program will teach CPR, provide methods of desensitizing the CPR process, advise warning signs of a heart attack, and general well-being. Furthermore, it will also host event days to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation, National Wildflower Centre, and National Health Service.

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