Check-ups and health advice at Leyland Mela

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton and his wife Karen, with stall holders at the third annual Leyland Health Mela, at the Civic Centre
The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton and his wife Karen, with stall holders at the third annual Leyland Health Mela, at the Civic Centre
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More than 400 visitors of all ages made steps to lead healthier lifestyles at the third annual Leyland Health Mela on Saturday.

What’s more, nearly 100 people took the free health MOT tests on offer, which came with advice and guidance about changes people should make to improve their wellbeing.

Thirty-eight visitors with raised body mass index measurements received advice on healthy diets; seven cases of raised blood pressure and 23 of raised cholesterol were identified; and three people were found to have high blood glucose levels.

The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Leyland and the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, was opened at the Civic Centre by Professor John Ashton, president of the UK Faculty of Public Health.

He said: “The strength of community leadership in Central Lancashire on matters to do with health and wellbeing is an example for the whole country.”

This year’s Leyland Health Mela took the theme ‘The challenge of an ageing population’, supported by students from Academy@Worden, the University of Central Lancashire, the University of Manchester Medical School and the pathology department at Royal Preston Hospital.

Together they helped to guide visitors around the exhibitions, which included cookery demonstrations, a ‘make your own smoothie’ feature, holistic therapies such as Indian head massages and reflexology, pilates, yoga, dance displays, and a bouncy castle for the children.

The Rotary Club of Leyland also demonstrated special shelter boxes, which are used in other countries after disasters.

Professor Romesh Gupta, from the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We started the Health Melas in Preston and then brought them to Leyland; now we’ve also got annual Melas in Bolton, Bradford and Fleetwood.

“Leyland and Preston have been the models to take this nationwide.

“They’re all developing over time as we build on partnerships with other groups.”

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton and his wife Karen, also attended the event.