Almost 100 health checks completed at Gurkha Event

Almost one hundred mini health checks have taken place at a Nuneaton community venue as part of the #onething campaign. The Nuneaton and Bedworth Healthy Living Network took the campaign to the Sikh Temple on Marlborough Road where the British Gurkha Veteran Association meets each week. People queued up to get their height and weight recorded and then went on to have a blood pressure check and their blood sugars tested.

#onething, supported by NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group, Warwickshire County Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, asks people to think about their health and make small changes to their lifestyle to help them be healthier and happier. They were joined by Act On Energy, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, Alzheimer’s Society and Empire Gym.

Thirty-eight people were found to have higher than usual blood pressure and were advised to see their GP, along with 28 people who were found to have a high blood sugar reading. Thirty-one people at the event made their #onething pledge to improve their health and wellbeing.

Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health who attended the event along with Councillor Margaret Bell said: “It was fantastic to see so many people who had come to find out more about their health. The key to the success of the #onething campaign is its simplicity; by changing just one thing, anyone can have a positive impact on their health. Warwickshire County Council wants everyone in our communities to be supported to be safe healthy, and independent, and events like this one help to achieve that. I look forward to hearing more about the campaign throughout 2018 and seeing more great work with our partners. Thanks to all involved with the event, particularly the Nepalese community.”

#onething coordinator Michelle Black said: “We are glad that the Gurkha’s invited us to come back for a second year to do the checks. They are so important in giving people an indication that there could be something wrong with their health and to go to their doctor for a full check up.”

More events are planned. The next one is at a jobs market at Nuneaton Job Centre on Wednesday 31 January. People can also make their own pledge to change something about their life at home by going to www.youronething.com or @onethingpledge

To find out more about The Healthy Living Network and volunteering with them, you can give Michelle a call on 02476 322048.