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Enjoying the Mela at UCLan last year

18th National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW) Preston Health Mela to take place in April

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is preparing to welcome members of the community for a free health check.

The 18th National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW) Preston Health Mela will take place on Saturday 6 April 6 11.00am - 3:00pm in UCLan’s Foster Building.

Billed as a “a celebration of all aspects of family and community health and wellbeing”, the event brings health practitioners together in one place to offer free health checks and advice on a range of things including blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. The theme for the 2019 meeting is ‘Finding Opportunities for Partnership’.

A Health Mela organiser said: “This vibrant festival aims to provide visitors with an opportunity to celebrate healthy living, to discover all the latest news on the local health front and to take a comprehensive ‘Health MOT’ with friendly informal advice from health professionals.

“The Health Mela is based on the conviction that, provided with the right opportunities, individuals and communities can be energised to take an active part in the promotion of their own health and wellbeing. Many thousands of visitors of all ages and ethnic groups have enjoyed the Health Mela experience, often returning, year on year, to catch-up with the latest developments.

The Health Mela is based on the conviction that, provided with the right opportunities, individuals and communities can be energised to take an active part in the promotion of their own health and wellbeing.

“Back again in 2019 with a comprehensive perspective on community health, the Health Mela continues to provide the people of Preston with entertaining, informative and possibly life-changing information and experiences.”

It is the fifth year UCLan has hosted the Preston event, with help from the University’s Creative Communities Group (CCG) who work with the NFHW to organise it.

The Preston Health Mela will be held in the University of Central Lancashire, Foster Building on Saturday, April 6, 11:00am until 3:00pm. Parking, entrance and health-checks are all free.

A breakfast meeting will take place at 10.00am for invited guests to speak to health care professionals about a topic of current local interest. To request an invitation to the breakfast meeting or to find out more about organisers, National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, and the Health Mela email Sarifa Kabir  or Derek Ormerod.

Lyndsey Boardman | 11 March 2019