All aboard for a healthy lifestyle


MEDIA CALL: Reporters and photographers are invited to the bus’s first stop at Darlington market place at 10.30am on Monday April 4 2011. Please¬†click here¬†to confirm your attendance.

Interviews are available with Fiona Maher, Healthworks co-ordinator. Filming, photography and interviews can be arranged at any of the other locations on request.

People from County Durham and Darlington are being invited to drop in for a free health MOT, as part of a drive over the next fortnight to improve health and wellbeing.

Healthworks, the healthy living centre in Easington, is hitting the road in a specially designed bus, to bring essential health screening services to the community.

Individuals can hop on board for a free, confidential health MOT with no appointment needed.The quick check will cover blood pressure, weight and body mass index (BMI) tests, and support can be accessed for important lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking or losing weight.

The bus will travel to seven areas of County Durham and Darlington where the Department of Health has identified health inequalities. The bus will be in Darlington market place on Monday April 4 2011, before moving on to Seaham, Stanley, Durham City, Bishop Auckland, Ferryhill and Chester le Street.

Fiona Maher, healthworks co-ordinator, said: “We are always looking at new and innovative ways to impact on the long-term health of the local community.

“The bus is specifically aimed at people who would like to get checked out but who don’t usually go to the doctor. Anyone is welcome to pop aboard and make the first step towards improving their lifestyle.”

The bus will be stopping at:

Location Date Time
Darlington market place Monday April 4 2011 9.30am to 3.30pm
Seaham seafront Wednesday April 6 2011 9.30am to 3.30pm
Stanley Louisa Centre Thursday April 7 2011 9.30am to 3.30pm
Durham market place Friday April 8 2011 9.30am to 3.30pm
Bishop Auckland market place Monday April 11 2011 9.30am to 3.30pm
Ferryhill market place Thursday April 14 2011 9.30am to 3.30pm
Chester le Street market place Friday April 15 2011 9.30am to 3.30pm

All visitors to the bus can take away a free bag of locally-sourced fruit and vegetables to kickstart a healthy eating regime.

Also on board will be representatives from Salus, a support service for people on long-term incapacity benefit, and NHS staff who can discuss volunteering opportunities.

Healthworks opened its doors in Easington Colliery in November 2007 to improve the health and well-being of people in Easington and neighbouring areas. The centre is run by NHS County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services, in partnership with Northumbrian Water and Durham County Council.

Anyone who would like further information on any of the dates listed should call Healthworks on
0191 527 4157, or pop into the centre at Paradise Lane in Easington Colliery.

For more information contact Leanne Clough on 0191 301 6733.

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