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NHS Sunderland’s Better Health Roadshow arrives in town

Tue 22nd October 2019

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NHS Sunderland’s Better Health Roadshow arrives in town

The Better Health Roadshow will welcome people from around the city for five consecutive Saturdays, from 26 October to 23 November. The roadshow, run by NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), promotes better health for life across the entire community.

These free events will be running at these locations between 10am and 3pm on the following Saturdays:

Tesco, Roker Retail Park, Newcastle Road, Sunderland, SR6 0DA 26 Oct
Bede Tower, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR2 7DZ 02 Nov
Houghton Sports and Wellness Centre, Houghton Le Spring, DH4 5AH 09 Nov
Arts Centre Washington, Biddick Lane, Washington, NE38 8AB 16 Nov
City Centre, Park Lane 23 Nov

Sunderland CCG wants to give local residents the right support to help them stay healthy and well. There are lots of things people can do to support their own health and wellbeing and the Better Health Roadshows will be out and about across the area to share tips and information.

The CCG are inviting people to attend any of the free, fun family roadshows. There’s a range of activities that everyone can benefit from, including:

  • CPR demonstrations and community defibrillator training from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS)
  • Exercise demonstrations by Everyone Active, showing you ways to easily incorporate stretches and exercises into your everyday life
  • Find out more about what’s really in the food you and your family eat, with Change4Life Sunderland
  • Learn how Pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension
  • Do you suffer from anxious thoughts? Learn how mindfulness can improve your mental wellbeing
  • Discover how massage is not just an indulgence, but good for physical and mental wellbeing
  • Free health checks, including weight, height and BMI calculations
  • How well are you washing your hands? Take our UV light test to find out
  • Take part in our challenge to see how far you can ride our smoothie-making bike

As well as all this, there’ll be the chance to win free activity passes from Everyone Active.

Debbie Burnicle is NHS Sunderland’s CCG lay member for patient and public involvement. She says, “It’s our role to help everyone in Sunderland achieve better health. The Better Health Roadshow will give local people information, tips and advice to stay healthy and well.

“Everyone is welcome to get involved in the activities and we’ll also be sharing information on recent service developments. For example, Path to Excellence, new ways to consult your GP using digital technologies, our Seriously Resistant antibiotics campaign and changes to Urgent Care Centres.”

NEAS Community Development Officer, Alex Mason, said: “Our Community Resuscitation Team are delighted to be working with Sunderland CCG to promote Better Health in their area.

“We want as many people as possible to learn how to carry out effective CPR by coming along to see us and have a go, and also learn about defibrillators, and how easy they are to use.

“We want to support people to know what to do in those vital few minutes before an ambulance arrives, to ensure more people survive a cardiac arrest and go on to live long, healthy lives.”

Visitors can drop in to the free Better Health for Sunderland Roadshow, any time between 10am and 3pm on the dates above. Visit www.sunderlandccg.nhs.uk for more information.

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