Health matters as group organises community events

A head-to-toes health event designed to promote a healthy lifestyle is taking place in two north Northumberland villages this month.

The Patients Participation Group at Belford Medical Practice, a group of volunteers interested in health issues, especially in rural areas, have organised a community health and wellbeing fair called Health Matters.

The fair aims to promote a healthy lifestyle by raising individual and community awareness of health issues and will provide useful information on stroke and heart issues, cholesterol, diabetes, stopping smoking and blood pressure.

St John’s Ambulance will be there giving first aid advice and demonstrations will take place during the day.

The North East Ambulance Service is attending with defibrillators and an ambulance to show how patients with cardiac arrest are supported and stabilised until they arrive at hospital.

Exercise and gym use will be promoted and the Walking for Health group will share information.

Local business such as Swallowfish and Seahouses Fruit and Veg Co will be talking about healthy eating and diet.

As the fair is a top-to-toes event, there will be complemetary therapies there too including massage, hand and foot care and a NHS podiatrist.

This community event is for all residents with an interest in their own health and safety and that of their families.

It is designed to provide a range of advice in the face of the bombardment of mixed messages in the media.

Health Matters takes place on Wednesday, November 13, from 10am to 4pm, in Seahouses Methodist Church Hall and at the same time on Wednesday, November 20, in Bell View Resource Centre in Belford.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be available.