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Health Mela comes to UCLan

15 April 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

University to host annual free health and wellbeing event

 

People are invited to an annual health event which brings together a wealth of information, free health checks and the opportunity to meet health professionals for advice in a relaxed environment.

Preston’s 14th annual free Health Mela will be held at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for the first time on Saturday 18 April and will feature over 70 health related stalls providing a wide-range of information on how to improve health and wellbeing.

In addition, visitors can take advantage of free health checks ranging from diabetes screening to cholesterol level tests to hearing and sight examinations.

“We’re really excited to bring this increasingly popular annual event to UCLan and I hope that as many members of the public as possible can come along and take advantage of the numerous services on offer."

The Health Mela is fully supported by the NHS and Public Health England and also includes the opportunity to try complementary therapies such as Acupuncture and Reiki, alongside entertainment, competitions for children and the chance put pedal power into action on the smoothie bike.

Russell Hogarth, UCLan Honorary Fellow and chair of the UCLan Creative Communities Group, has helped to organise the community health fair. He said: “We’re really excited to bring this increasingly popular annual event to UCLan and I hope that as many members of the public as possible can come along and take advantage of the numerous services on offer.

“Heath Melas are really good community events that allow people to meet health professionals in a relaxed environment and get advice on a broad range of issues to enhance and improve physical and mental health wellbeing.”

“Heath Melas are held approximately six times per year throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire and are really good community events that allow people to meet health professionals in a relaxed environment and get advice on a broad range of issues to enhance and improve physical and mental health wellbeing.”

The event is run by the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing and fully supported by the UCLan Creative Communities Group, the UCLan School of Health and local NHS organisations including the Hospital and Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, and the North West Ambulance Service as well as Rotary International and many North West voluntary organisations.

It will be held in UCLan’s Foster Building, 11am – 4pm on Saturday 18 April and is free for everyone to attend with free on campus parking For more information call 01772 894707 or visit www.nfhw.org.uk People can also follow the event on Twitter @NFHW1 and by following the hashtag #healthmela2015