This month will mark the tenth annual Healthy in St Helens event, which aims to improve the health and health awareness of local people through fun and family entertainment.
Organised by the St Helens Rotary Club with support from St Helens Council and the Healthy Living Team, the weekend event (Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May), will give local people the opportunity to get free comprehensive health checks and speak to a range of health providers in a market stall set up.
The health checks provide you with a current picture of your health. A friendly Health Trainer will measure your blood pressure, height and weight, BMI, cholesterol, and can test for diabetes if you qualify for the test, with professional advice and recommendations to other local health services given based on the results. For more information on the health checks, call the Healthy Living Team on 0300 300 0103. If you can’t attend the event, you can still book your own check another time.
For the daring, a free climbing wall features as part of Saturday’s event, the Valley Training Band will be in fine tune, and the Janette McCullough School of Dance will perform.
Local young people are supporting the event too, with the Lyme Primary School Brass Band providing Friday’s entertainment. 370 young people from 16 schools and colleges across the borough have entered a competition to design a poster promoting good health, with the winners to be presented with book token prizes on Saturday 12 May, by St Helens’ Rotary Club President Tony Kerry.
Tony Said: “It is refreshing to see so many young people involved in the event yet again and their enthusiasm in promoting the health of people in St Helens is to be admired.”
Rounding the event off, event-goers that received a free health check will be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes in the eco-friendly balloon race.
Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens, Councillor Joe Pearson and wife Sylvia will attend as one of the final civic events in their year of office.
Come along to Church Square and Parish Church on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May, between 10am-4pm.