Doctor, author and health influencer, Hazel Wallace, also known as The Food Medic, took part in a cookery workshop with British Heart Foundation’s One Beat members. This event marked Hazel’s first official event as a BHF ambassador.

One Beat is a BHF peer support programme for young adults aged 18-30 living with a heart condition. Its aim is to bring young heart patients together, to help them meet others who have been through similar experiences and know that they are not alone. The purpose of One Beat events like this focuses on helping members gain the skills and confidence they need to take the next step in life.

Hazel Wallace at One Beat cooking school

Hazel attended a cookery school workshop and helped the group learn more about easy to make healthy recipes.

14 members of the BHF’s One Beat group took part in a cooking lesson at Central Street Cookery School in London to learn how to make healthy recipes they can easily recreate at home. Hazel was invited to this event to meet the group and judge their cooking skills.

During the workshop, the group were split into 7 groups of 2 and were asked to make a selection of dishes, including one of Hazel’s own recipes. Hazel was then tasked with the difficult job of choosing her favourite dish before everyone sat down to enjoy lunch together.

Following lunch, the young people got to hear Hazel’s story and how she got to where she is today. Each One Beat member was gifted with a copy of Hazel’s latest book, The Food Medic For Life, with Hazel signing a special message in each copy for them.

Hazel spoke to the group about why the BHF is so important to her and her family, she said:

“When I was 14 I lost my dad to a stroke, one of the biggest circulatory disease and cause of death worldwide. That’s why I became a doctor and why I’m proud to be an ambassador for the BHF. The BHF fund over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them – heart diseases, stroke, vascular dementia, and diabetes. They’re all connected and all of us knows someone who suffers from one of these conditions.”

It was this devastating life event that inspired Hazel to study medicine and become a doctor. Hazel started The Food Medic in 2013– an educational platform that advises on the latest thoughts and developments in nutrition and other lifestyle factors. Hazel’s interest in health stems from her passion to help prevent others from losing their parents and loved ones before their time.