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Health and wellbeing event draws a crowd to UCLan

20 April 2015

Rachel Atkinson

University attracted hundreds of visitors to the annual free Health Mela

Pic from l-r: Professor Romesh Gupta, Chair of the Health Mela Committee, VIP guest Dr Lance Sandle, Vice-President of the Royal College of Pathologists, presenting the Fellowship Award to UCLan’s Russell Hogarth watched by UCLan Honorary Fellow Ishwer Tailor MBE. 

Hundreds of people from across the county attended a free health event at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to find out more about their Health and Wellbeing.

Preston’s 14th annual Health Mela, which was held at UCLan for the first time, brought together more than 90 health related stalls which provided a wide range of information on how to improve health and wellbeing.

Throughout the day the visitors, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston, were able to take advantage of free health checks for a range of conditions including diabetes, cholesterol, body mass index while hearing and sight examinations also took place.

The Health Mela was fully supported by the NHS and Public Health England and included the opportunity to try complementary therapies such as Acupuncture and Reiki, alongside entertainment and competitions for children.

Among the organisers was Russell Hogarth, UCLan Honorary Fellow and chair of the UCLan Creative Communities Group. On the day he was presented with the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing Fellowship award for his support to the event.

“It was very humbling and totally unexpected. I'm truly honoured they value my contribution to the organisation and for the very kind words everybody said.”

He said: “It was very humbling and totally unexpected. I'm truly honoured they value my contribution to the organisation and for the very kind words everybody said.

“The event itself was indeed a tremendous success. The feedback that I received throughout the day and via social media has been truly remarkable. It was definitely a team effort all-round and a great example of collaboration between UCLan and the community.”

Staff and students from across the University, including the Schools of Health, Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Journalism and Media, Social Work, Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors and the Lancashire Law School, attended to support the event. Members of the UCLan Board joined staff members at the VIP breakfast meeting.

The event was 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.

View more images from the Preston Health Mela.