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D.A.D a success

Published: 12/07/2010

Thousands of people from across Warrington, Halton and further afield descended on Walton Gardens in Warrington for Disability Awareness Day on Sunday (11 July 2010).

The hospitals stand proved to be a huge success with hundreds of people stopping by to sign up as members to the Foundation Trust, get information on healthy living and checking their blood pressures.

The Stroke Team were inundated with requests for blood pressure checks and advise on how to avoid a stroke. Knowing your blood pressure and changing your lifestyle if is high could save you from a stroke.

So what is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the pressure placed on the body's blood vessels by circulating blood. Because circulation varies throughout the day, depending on whether a person is resting or being active, the blood pressure also varies. If blood pressure is consistently high or low it's a sign that there could be an underlying health problem that is affecting the pressure of blood circulating around the body.

For more information check out: www.stroke.org.uk or contact Warrington Hospital’s The Stroke Association’s Family and Carer Support Service - Jacquelyn Berry or Jane Guy on 01925 662053.

The Healthy Living Team where on hand to promote their healthy weight management courses and healthy living. Their smoothies went down a treat in the hot weather, with people queuing along the marquee just to sample them. Easily made, frozen berries and fruit juice with ice in a blender, yummy on a hot day!

If you where unable to make it along and wanted more information on what is on offer to get you on the right track, the service offers various options to suit individual needs and the team will be happy to discuss them with you and see which ones suit. All courses and the Drop In clinics are FREE.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PROGRAMME is an 8 week programme designed to help you to lose weight by changing your lifestyle. The Healthy Weight Programme is based on evidence based information, which shows that the best way to lose weight is by eating a healthy balanced diet and being more physically active.
Each session will provide information and support through behaviour change on healthy eating, being more active and keeping motivated. After the 8 week course there is follow up for 12 months which includes a drop-in clinic.

We can also offer one to one sessions for 4 weeks to support individuals if the groups are not suitable.

COOK HEALTHY, EAT WELL (CHEW) is a 4 week course designed to help you to ‘Cook Healthy and Eat Well.’ Each session offers information and support on healthy eating by providing the opportunity to learn how to make some basic, tasty, cost effective recipes. Different recipes will be prepared and cooked each week.

Drop-in - Alternatively just drop-in to the open sessions held at the Warrington Wolves Stadium on a Monday night 5pm to 6.45pm and on a Tuesday morning 10-12noon. Here you can get further information and support before or after finishing the programmes. Or simply just to find out who we are and what we can offer you.

If you are unable to make it and want to find out more about us call 01925 662255.

Do you use the hospitals at Warrington and Halton? Want to know how you can be more involved and find out what is happening at both hospitals?

Then check out the Foundation Trust Members section on how to join us.
 



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