As part of Health Information Week, which ran from 2-8 July, a special event was held in Pontefract to offer free health checks and let local people know about available support to boost their health and wellbeing.
Health Information Week was an opportunity to promote the health resources that are available to the public at the same time as encouraging partnership working across sectors and raising awareness among the public of resources available to them.
As part of the week health trainers from the Trust invited local people to visit St. Marys Community Centre, in Pontefract. The event included information stalls, free NHS health checks carried out by the health trainers, advice from the stop smoking service, community food and health workers, Arthritis Care and much more.
Speaking about the event Rita Gooding, senior health trainer, said: “This was a great opportunity for healthcare teams to get together to find out more about what help is available to them and where they can find it. There was a great turn out and we hope everyone was able to go away a little bit more aware of support that can improve their health and wellbeing.”
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