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Jessica Rees
Sustainability and Engagement Officer
2 minute read

Valentine's Day or ‘St Valentine's Day' falls on the 14th February every year around the world, with the first celebration dating back as far as 496 AD.

A little bit of history 

There is no clear story of who St Valentine was, but history suggests that he was a Priest and a Christian martyr. Around 268 AD, Roman emperor, Claudius II, thought single men made better soldiers and outlawed marriage – so St Valentine helped young couples marry in secret, but he was eventually caught. It is believed, before his execution, St Valentine wrote a letter to the jailer's daughter, signing it ‘Your Valentine', beginning the Valentine tradition of love letters. The 14th of Feb was then celebrated as Valentine's Day in his honour.

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A modern Valentines

For many of us, Valentine's Day is known as the day of love. It is a day where people exchange gifts to express their feelings or even a day to appreciate your friends, also known as Palentines/Galentines Day.

Whether you celebrate or not it is the perfect excuse to show your heart some love. 7.6 million people in the UK are currently living with heart or circulatory disease, with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) being the second biggest killer in the UK.

we've got you covered with some fab Valentine's Day tips to keep your heart healthy and your day special:

Take the air alone or with company, it will help lower your blood pressure and get your heart pumping:

  • A fresh walk around the park
  • A brisk cycle along the coast
  • A wander through a woodland


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Eat something deliciously good for you (and perhaps your dinner date)


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Enjoy a sweet treat to end your day


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