An event which will teach people how to react when someone is choking is being held in Leyland later this month.
The Health Mela will see more than 80 exhibitors gather at the Civic Centre in West Paddock, to provide lifestyle advice and carry out checks and complimentary treatments.
The St John’s Ambulance will be at the event on September 14 from 11am, working to help make Leyland a ‘no choke’ town.
Professor Romesh Gupta, chair of the Lancashire Gujarat Health Users Forum, who has helped organise the event with the Rotary Club of Leyland and the Preston-based National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The idea for a Health Mela came after we realised that some communities, especially those in poverty, lack the education and knowledge about how to access health provision, and how to look after themselves properly.
A previous event in Lancashire saw more than 220 people out of the 400 who attended take a health check, with 46 of those being referred to their GPs for further consultation.
Prof Gupta said: “This year, we wanted to add even more value, and have created a special ‘focus issue’ to help the community in a particular way.
“We’ve chosen to offer basic life-support training sessions focussing on the problem of choking.
“We’ve invited around 40 restaurant owners along for this, and members of the public can take part too, with the St John Ambulance training people how to respond when someone is choking.”