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Take a leap to a healthier future on No Smoking Day

Free Zumba and tai chi sessions and a puppy walking display from Guide Dogs for the Blind are just some of the, perhaps unexpected treats on offer to get local people thinking about giving their health a boost on National No Smoking Day (14th March 2012).

The main message on National No Smoking Day is to encourage smokers to take a leap to a healthier tobacco free future, but to make the day a little more enjoyable, Team Bury partners will be out and about in Bury Town Centre promoting the many ways in which local people of all ages can give their health a boost.

The ‘Health Fayre’ will take place on National No Smoking Day, Wednesday 14th March 2012 from 10am until 2pm at Kay Gardens, the new Rock development and around the Robert Peel monument in Bury town centre.

Stopping smoking often goes hand in hand with making other healthy adjustments and the day will be used to promote the wide range of health and wellbeing services available to local people, as well as offering tips to make simple but effective changes to improve health. 

The day will be busting at the seams with activities, advice and information, competitions and prizes.  There will be something for everyone.  Services taking part in this year’s extravaganza include:

Bury Stop Smoking Service, NHS Health Trainers, Communities Against Cancer, NHS Health Checks, Self Care For You, Oral Health Promotion, Young Person’s Advisory Service and Bury Fire Service.  To highlight the link between smoking and blindness and the risk of smoking to pets, Guide Dogs for the Blind will be putting on a puppy walking display, and for those wanting something a bit more active there will be free zumba and tai chi sessions on offer.

The event has been organised by NHS Bury, Bury Council and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, along with other Team Bury partners.

Dr. Peter Elton Director of Public Health for Bury said: “National No Smoking Day is a day that gives people that little bit extra motivation to quit smoking.”

“Many people know about the more well known health problems that smoking can cause, but what many people don’t know is that smoking can lead to blindness.  To highlight this link, we have Guide Dogs for the Blind involved on the day to get people engaged in a fun way, whilst delivering a really important message.”

“Stopping smoking is the single most effective way you can improve your health.  About a million people across the country are expected to make a quit attempt on 14th March, and I hope local people will be getting on Board.”

Kate Shepherd, Stop Smoking Service Manager from Pennine Care, said: “Research shows that smokers are four times more likely to quit using NHS support.  Last year, we helped hundreds of people to successfully kick the habit and we want to help even more people this year.  We can provide support face to face or over the phone and can advise on the range of quit methods, such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and medication.  Whether you smoke a lot or a little it’s never too late to quit and we can find something that will work for you.”

Cllr Rishi Shori, Executive Member for Adult Care, Health and Housing, added: "The health risks around smoking are well-known, but that doesn't mean we have to be po-faced. With zumba, tai chi and a puppy walking display, it's a fun way to get over a serious message - and non smokers are every bit as welcome to come along and enjoy the events."

Anyone who can’t come along on the day but would like support to stop smoking can contact the Stop Smoking Service in Bury on 0845 223 9001 for free and confidential advice and support.

ENDS

Date: 22nd February 2012

For press & media enquiries: contact Caroline Dearden, Corporate Communications Manager on 0161 762 3106 or email bur-pct.communications@nhs.net

Notes to Editor:

The puppy walking and Guide Dogs for the Blind display will take place from 11 - 11.30am

Zumba will take place from 12 - 12.30pm, and Tai Chi will take place from 1.30 – 2pm

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