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Health is on the agenda at Bury Light Night

Local people visiting the Bury Light Night event on the 14th October can give their health a boost with support from their local NHS. 

A team from NHS Bury and Community Services Bury are joining forces in the Millgate Shopping Centre during Bury Light Night to offer advice and information on a range of topics including making a Change4Life and volunteering to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer in the local community.  The team will be in the Millgate from 5pm until 9pm. 

Amongst the activities visitors can find out:

  • how they can become life savers by volunteering to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast, bowel and lung cancer (Community Action to Promote Early Detection of Cancer (CAPED) project) 
  • about a free NHS short course which aims to improve people’s quality of life and self esteem (Self Care For You) 
  • information about ‘MEND’ a programme which aims to help local families become fitter, healthier and happier, whilst having fun! 
  • information and advice from Community Services Bury’s Health Trainers who will be on hand to offer support about making small but significant changes to boost your health, from quitting smoking to eating more healthily, and getting more active to getting a good night’s sleep

Getting on board to promote a range of health messages, local band ‘The Last Party’ will be supporting the local NHS and drawing in the crowds with a range of tunes.  The group will be playing from 8 until 9pm in the Millgate Shopping Centre (near the old Superdrug unit).

Dr. Peter Elton, Director of Public Health for NHS Bury said: "We are delighted to be part of this fantastic and unique event and it’s a great opportunity for us to reach out into the local community and provide advice and information about a range of health topics.  We’re making our contribution interactive and fun, delivering important messages where we can in a light hearted way.  If you are in town on Bury Light Night, please pop in and see us.  We will have lots of advice and information as well as giveaways on offer.  From advice on quitting smoking, getting more active and eating healthily; or becoming a volunteer to tell others in your community about the signs and symptoms of cancer – there will be lots of useful advice and information and I am confident there will be something for everyone.”

ENDS
 
Date: 14th October 2011  
 
FOR PRESS & MEDIA ENQUIRIES: contact Caroline Dearden, Corporate Communications Manager on 0161 762 3106 or emailcommunications@bury.nhs.uk
 
Notes to Editor:
Learn more about Bury Light Night at http://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=6932

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