Hundreds of people join in health mela

Michael Fielding from Penwortham with Hera Ali from UCLan at the Leyland Health Mela
Michael Fielding from Penwortham with Hera Ali from UCLan at the Leyland Health Mela
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More than 1,000 visitors, exhibitors and students helped ensure that the fourth annual Leyland Health Mela, held at Academy@Worden

on Saturday, was a roaring success.

The event, organised by National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW) with Academy@Worden and the Rotary Club of Leyland, commenced with a breakfast meeting for health professionals opened by the Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Mary Green.

The audience was then entertained with a lively display from Worden’s award-winning team of cheerleaders, and then given the opportunity to visit stalls representing more than 60 organisations including NHS Trusts, voluntary bodies and other health related groups.

Visitors of all ages were invited to take a ‘Health MOT’ and well over 150 took advantage of the range of health test and professional health counselling opportunities on offer.

In the blood testing programme, more than 106 visitors were counselled and 39 were referred to their GP for further investigation.

The many other attractions on offer included the chance to try out activities associated with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, learning how to cook healthy meals, participating in a Reiki session or checking out the health of a favourite playmate at the Teddy Bears’ Clinic.

The Smoothie Bike was in constant demand throughout the day and a popular, if somewhat gruesome, alternative to face painting was provided by young artists who provided visitors with realistic wounds for treatment on the First Aid Injuries stall.

Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, chair of the NFHW, said: “In bringing the Health Mela to a local secondary school we knew that we would get our message right into the heart of the community.

“Our expectations have been completely fulfilled and we are really grateful for the amazing support we have had from the school.

“The volunteer students did excellent work. They are superb ambassadors for the ideals of community health and wellbeing.”