Health and wellbeing fair takes to the road

Health and wellbeing fair takes to the road

18th September 2015

This Autumn sees the launch of a new campaign aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people in West Leicestershire.

Called ‘Healthy You, Happy You’, it is aimed at raising awareness of how to improve both physical and emotional health.

It brings together the expertise of NHS and social care organisations, as well as the voluntary sector and patients’ groups, who will provide a wealth of advice and information on a wide range of topics.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, a local GP and Chair of NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We all believe this is an excellent time of year to talk to West Leicestershire people about their health and happiness. As the days shorten and the weather feels chillier, a lot of people feel the negative effects, but it’s amazing what a few lifestyle changes can do to boost physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

“But it’s not just about beating the bad weather and preparing for winter. For instance, many local people will be invited by their GP to have a flu jab that will last all year. Each year’s vaccine is updated to tackle the latest known forms of flu, so it’s important to get the new one every year.

“It’s also a time for us to think about the older generation and those who are frail – in many parts of West Leicestershire about one in four people is over 60 and many live with increasing health needs. We’ll be offering support for both those older members of the population and those who care for them. Don’t miss the opportunity to come and talk to our expert teams, get information and advice about the health and wellbeing issues that matter most to you and find out how we can help you to stay healthy and happy. ”

‘Healthy You, Happy You’ will be launched on Wednesday 7 October at the ASDA store in Thurmaston, and the campaign will run until Saturday 17 October, when it will be at Ashby Farmers Market. Other events will be held in shopping areas in Loughborough, Hinckley and Coalville.

The campaign brings together NHS West Leicestershire CCG, Leicestershire County Council, Healthwatch Leicestershire, the Alzheimer’s Society, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire plus Voluntary Action South Leicestershire, the talking therapy group called Let’s Talk Wellbeing, as well as patient participation groups based at the area’s GP surgeries.

Dates and venues for ‘Healthy You, Happy You’

ASDA, Thurmaston- Wednesday 7 October 10AM-4PM

Loughborough Market (on the corner of the Market Square and Biggin Street) - Thursday 8 October 10AM-4PM

The Belvoir Shopping Centre, Coalville - Friday 9 October AND Saturday 10 October 10-4PM

The Britannia Shopping Centre, Hinckley - Friday 16 October 10-4PM

Ashby Farmers Market at Manor House School, Ashby - Saturday 17 October 10-4PM