THE ROTARY CLUB OF MAIDENHEAD BRIDGE INVITED TOWN RESIDENTS TO PICK UP SOME HEALTH TIPS AND INFORMATION ALONGSIDE SALE SHOPPING THIS WEEKEND. OVER 80 PEOPLE TOOK THE ROTARIANS UP ON THEIR OFFER, RECEIVING BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS, CHOLESTEROL CHECKES, DIABETES CHECKS AND ADVICE ON EXERCISE AND HEALTHY EATING.
The Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge invited the community of Maidenhead to kick off 2017 in a healthy way with a free, informal Health Awareness Day in the Nicholson Centre last Saturday, joined by teams from Lloyds Pharmacy and The Stroke Association.
The Rotary Club took over a unit in the Nicholson Centre from 10am to offer advice and information on getting fit, eating healthily, the effects of high cholesterol and how to manage it, diabetes, and the risks of high blood pressure – all completely free of charge with no obligations. Over 80 people took the club up on their offer.
Neil Gow, event organiser, commented “After having their blood pressure checked 21 people were advised to visit their GP within a month and five were advised to visit their GP within a week. This proves that these events really do potentially reduce ill-health and perhaps save lives.”
For the first time this year the club teamed up with Lloyds Pharmacy to offer free cholesterol checks and blood sugar tests; giving advice on how to lower cholesterol levels and avoid contracting diabetes, which is an increasing healthcare concern. Of those who were tested 10 were advised to make changes to their diet immediately, 5 were asked to visit their GP for further tests and 1 person was referred immediately for in-depth cholesterol checks.
Neil added “The diabetes testing proved to be such a popular addition to the day that we are considering running the same event in a few months’ time, so do keep an eye out for details if you missed them last weekend.”
The Health Awareness Day is just one of the many local community based activities carried out by the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge, alongside a free Easter family fun day in Grenfell Park and a close working relationship with FoodShare helping to feed the hungry in Maidenhead and the immediate area.