Leyland Health Mela returns this weekend

People enjoying the Leyland Health Mela in 2013
People enjoying the Leyland Health Mela in 2013

The Leyland Health Mela, a special event dedicated to the promotion of health and wellbeing, returns to the town this weekend.

Organised by Leyland Rotary Club and the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, the Health Mela is a family-friendly event which gives visitors the chance to learn about healthy lifestyles, and have a free health test.

Smoothie-making, head massages, yoga and dancing are all on the cards at the popular annual event this year, which hopes to attract more visitors than ever before. At last year’s Leyland Health Mela, more than 220 health checks were carried out and a significant number of visitors were identified for follow-up counselling.

Health MOTs cover sight, hearing, blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass and dental checks, and are accompanied by professional advice from the University of Manchester Health Olympics Team.

Professor John Ashton, President of the UK Faculty of Public Health, who is opening the event, said: “It is a particular pleasure to return to the Health Mela. The strength of community leadership in Central Lancashire on matters to do with health and wellbeing is an example for the whole country. I am really looking forward to spending time in conversation with visitors to the Mela and to meeting with friends old and new.”

Guests will also be able to look around stalls packed with ideas for an enjoyable and sustainable lifestyle, and find out all the latest information about the facilities of local NHS services. For children, there will be a bouncy castle and other entertainment.

It is supported by health professionals from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Lancashire Care Trust, and the University of Manchester Medical School, and volunteers are from the University of Central Lancashire and Academy@Worden, who will respectively host the Health Melas in Preston and Leyland in 2015.

It takes place at the Civic Centre in West Paddock, September 13, 11am to 4pm. Admission is free.