Health checks for free

A previous health mela
A previous health mela

A Fleetwood GP is urging people to take advantage of free ‘MOT’ health checks at an event this weekend.

Dr Mike Page says we don’t think twice about getting our cars checked each year – so it is common sense to take the same care of ourselves.

The Fleetwood Health Mela is a festival dedicated to the promotion of community health and well-being in a fun, friendly, family-focused way.

Dr Page said: “The Health MOT is a special feature of this exciting event.

“This free check, carried out by health professionals, allows you to check your blood pressure, blood glucose, BMI, sight, hearing, and dental health in a friendly atmosphere.

“All visitors taking the MOT get expert advice tailored to their own needs.

“Last year in Blackpool, a large number of people took advantage of the checks and counselling on offer, and when appropriate were referred for further advice.

“In many cases, this prevented potential health problems from getting out of hand.

“Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Fleetwood, Blackpool and the Fylde coast with the National Forum for Health and Well-being, the Health Mela is a fabulous event, which will give every visitor the chance to celebrate and become part of a healthy local community.”

This year’s theme is the mental health of children and young adults, and there are a host of free and interesting things for the family to do including sampling complementary medicine, Reiki, head massage and yoga.

There will be stalls packed with ideas for a healthy enjoyable and sustainable life style and a children’s workshop.

There will be dancing and other entertainment, including representatives from Fleetwood Town.

The event takes place on Saturday at Fleetwood High School, from 11am to 4pm, and will be opened by Prof Dame Sue Bailey, immediate past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.