Countdown begins to the 14th annual Health Mela in Preston

Popular: A previous Preston Health Mela
Popular: A previous Preston Health Mela
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Dozens of people are expected to turn out to the event which this year will be held at the University of Central Lancashire.

Dozens of people are expected to turn out to the event which this year will be held at the University of Central Lancashire.

The aim is to empower people to take control of their own health and be better informed.

The popular community health event is organised by the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, formerly the Lancashire Gujarat Health Users’ Forum.

In previous years this event had been held at the Gujarat Hindu Temple and later at the Guild Hall.

Today organiser Professor Romesh Gupta said: “We are expecting about 2,000 people.

“The aim is to empower people to take control of their own health and be better informed.

“It is in a non threatening and friendly environment and families can take advantage of the services.

“It is not just the health services it is a family affair, there will be lots of fun as well.”

Mr Gupta said he hoped by holding the event at the university it would reach a different set of people including the students.

There will be more than 70 health and wellbeing related exhibitors at the event and the theme is long term conditions in particular obesity and diabetes.

The event will provide free and confidential health checks including blood pressure, BMI, blood tests for cholesterol and blood sugar.

There will also be lifestyle assessment including personal and confidential health counselling and checks and advice on hearing, eye sight and oral health.

Also on offer will be Reiki taster sessions and complimentary medicine.

• The Health Mela will be held on Saturday, April 18 at the Foster Building, UCLan from 11 am to 4 pm.