Health bus tour

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

A BUS car­ry­ing health spe­cial­ists and equip­ment will be tour­ing schools and col­leges across Peter­bor­ough in June and July, giv­ing out ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion to young peo­ple.

NHS Peter­bor­ough ex­perts – in­clud­ing a sex­ual health ad­vi­sor, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity ad­vi­sor, stop smok­ing ad­vi­sor and diet and nutrition ad­vi­sor – will be vis­it­ing Or­mis­ton Bush­field Academy, in Or­ton Gold­hay, Voy­ager School in Wal­ton and Jack Hunt School, in Nether­ton and chil­dren cen­tres across Peter­bor­ough.

Ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude test­ing “beer gog­gles” to see the ef­fects of al­co­hol on con­cen­tra­tion, lung fit­ness tests us­ing a car­bon monox­ide monitor to see the af­fects of smok­ing, in­for­ma­tion on con­tra­cep­tion, sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions and ch­lamy­dia, pre­sen­ta­tions on healthy eat­ing, Change4Life and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

All par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents will re­ceive a pack with in­for­ma­tion on ser­vices for young peo­ple and re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate for par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Dr Andy Lig­gins, di­rec­tor of pub­lic health at NHS Peter­bor­ough, said: “We will be tar­get­ing Year 9 stu­dents as re­search has in­di­cated that this age group are start­ing to par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties which may af­fect their phys­i­cal health.”

They hope to see 1,000 young peo­ple by the end of sum­mer.

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