A community health fair which is the first event of its kind is to be held in Carnforth.
The Health Mela is named after the community based fairs held in South East Asia and offers visitors of all age’s fun and entertainment together with all the latest information on local health related issues.
Come and take advantage of the friendly informal atmosphere and maybe check in for a comprehensive ‘Health MOT’ which includes measurement of height, weight, BMI, cholesterol and blood sugar.
The MOT is conducted by a team of health professionals who also offer personal life style counselling.
The Mela has been organised by members of Cumbria and Lancashire Rotary working in collaboration with the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group, Better Care Together and Carnforth High School.
The day’s proceedings will be opened at 11am by Chief Guest, former Mayor of Carnforth, Malcolm Watkins and Guest of Honour, Dr Chris Moulton, Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
In addition to the health checks visitors to the Mela will find dozens of colourful stalls packed with information and advice on healthy living, opportunities for makeovers and gym induction, advice about services for older people, hearing, eyesight and oral health and children’s mental health.
There is also the chance to experience complementary medicine eg a Reiki taster session, fun games and competitions for children including a smoothie bike and Teddy Bears’ clinic, and much more.
Professor Romesh Gupta, OBE, Chair of the National Forum for health and Wellbeing said: “We are really delighted to have this opportunity, with the essential support of our partners, to extend the reach of Health Melas into North Lancashire.
“Health Melas provide an opportunity for communities to find out more about the conditions and opportunities for healthy living and help to ensure that vital NHS resources are put to the best use.
“It is particularly pleasing that this event has the enthusiastic collaboration of the staff and pupils of Carnforth High School and local primary schools. It shows how the Health Mela can act as a catalyst to energise the vital role of education in the promotion of good health and community wellbeing.”
Dr Andy Knox, a local GP and NHS Lancashire North CCG Executive Lead Health and Well Being said: “This is a fantastic way of getting individuals and families interested in improving their own health and wellbeing whilst also having fun.
“This event really supports the work being carried out as part of the ongoing ‘Carnforth Conversation’ about health and wellbeing as part of the Better Care Together programme.”
The event is on Saturday, June 25 at Carnforth High School, between 11am and 4pm.
Admission parking and health checks are all free.