Make a new start on the health bus

Make a new start on the health bus

5th January 2015
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People living in West Leicestershire are being urged to visit a travelling health bus so that they can make a new start and get support to achieve their New Year resolutions.

As part of a their New Start, New You campaign, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is travelling across West Leicestershire with a health bus, which will offer health information and giveaways targeted at helping them to stop smoking, drink less alcohol, lose weight and eat better as well as staying positive and dealing with managing long-term conditions.

Visitors to the bus will have the opportunity to have a free mini health check including blood pressure, body mass index and more. There will be experts offering advice on many aspects of staying fit and well. So whether someone is a carer who needs information or advice for themselves or their loved ones, wants support in improving their health and wellbeing or just wants to talk to someone about how to stay positive, they can come and see our team.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, a GP and chairman of West Leicestershire CCG, said: “January is traditionally the time to look at making a new start, whether it is a specific goal such as losing weight or stopping smoking or just trying to live a healthier lifestyle, but it can be hard to know exactly where to start.

“We’re here to help and are encouraging people to come and visit our New Start, New You health bus when it arrives in their area. We’re working together with our partners Healthwatch Leicestershire, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire and Leicestershire County Council in order to provide advice, support and helpful information on how to improve your health, feel good and keep positive. We’re also being supported by Patient Participation Groups from across West Leicestershire who are giving up their time to help out on the bus.”

The health bus will be making the following stops:

  •        Wednesday 14 January – ASDA, Inglenook Park, Barkby Thorpe Lane, Thurmaston
  •        Thursday 15 January – Loughborough Market, Market Place, Loughborough
  •        Friday 16 January – Hinckley Market, Hinckley Town Centre, Hinckley
  •        Saturday 17 January – Morrisons, Whitwick Road, Coalville
  •        Monday 19 January – TESCO, Resolution Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  •        Tuesday 20 January – Woodlands Garden Centre, Ashby Road, Hinckley

Professor Lakhani added: “By targeting lifestyles that adversely affect health, such as smoking, excessive drinking and obesity, we can make a real difference to health outcomes and help people to reduce their risk of developing a long-term health condition and also improve their chances of living longer. If you already have a long-term health condition, there is still a lot you can do to keep yourself well, and I encourage everyone to come and visit the bus at one of its stops to find out more.”

For further information on the campaign, with links to wellbeing support pages, please click here.