Founded first in friendly Preston, it’s fantastic fun, family focused, famously about fitness – what’s more, it’s all free! You can find It in the Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire (Preston PR1 2HE) between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm on the 1st . of April. So – what is it? It’s the fabulous 16th . Preston Health Mela, brought to you by the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing in collaboration with UCLAN, local NHS Trusts and the Rotary Clubs of Preston.
- take a relaxed ‘Health MOT’ (free) – have your blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and cholesterol levels recorded. (No appointment required)
- receive personally tailored counselling from friendly health professionals
- find information on sight, hearing and dental health
- visit 50+ stalls representing hospital and care Trusts, GP services and a wide range of voluntary organisations offering health related information and advice
- bring a cuddly friend to the Teddy Bears’ Clinic
- take part in a taster session of Reiki
- make a healthy drink on the smoothie bike
- learn about complementary medicine
- talk to a wide range of health professionals and volunteers about their work in the community
Park your car (free!) on one of the University car-parks and bring the whole family in for an exciting visit which will work wonders for the health and wellbeing of you, your family and your community. Get an experience to change the way you think about the National Health Service and how you make use of it.
There’s much, much more of course! For example, our ‘Drop In Theatre’ focuses on the importance of children’s health. This is situated next to the exhibition area and is open from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. The Theatre features an impressive programme mix of child friendly mini presentations on health-related topics and a variety of entertainments provided by children’s groups from a wide range of local organisations. Watch out for details on the Programme Boards on display on the day and pop in and out as you choose. The 2017 Mela promises to be bigger and brighter than ever. Summing up the significance of the event, Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, Chair of the organising group the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW), said,
“The NHS is under immense stress and we all have a responsibility to ensure its survival. The Health Mela helps relieve this stress in a number of important ways. First, the comprehensive advice on healthy living provided, enables us to avoid getting ill in the first place. Secondly, the ‘Health MOT’ allows for the identification of health problems at an early stage when they are most easily and less expensively dealt with. Thirdly the wide range of information on health services available from NHS and voluntary bodies makes it possible for users and advisers to make more rational and hopefully, more cost effective choices. Finally, and most significant of all, is our focus on engaging children to take an interest in and responsibility for their own health. It’s in the minds of children that we can construct a healthy nation and a sustainable future for the NHS.
NFHW has now organised over 40 successful Health Melas across the North West and further afield. Dr Chris Moulton, Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, a recent visitor, made a typical comment, “Altogether, it was an unforgettable day. I came away convinced that Health Melas are a brilliant concept. They combine a great day out with the ability to promote healthy living and to inform people about current issues in healthcare. Here is my advice: if there is a Health Mela near you, go to it. If you don’t enjoy it and you don’t learn something, then I will be very surprised!” To sum it all up, if you are looking to spend a few profitable hours on Saturday 1st April, come along to the Foster Building at the University of Central Lancashire between 11.00am and 4.00 pm. Bring the whole family. You won’t regret it!