Spread­ing the word on healthy op­tions at a Tararua expo

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

If you wanted to know about health is­sues like di­a­betes, can­cer, sleep ap­noea, metham­phetamines and a mul­ti­tude of other ail­ments the Woodville Sta­dium was the place to go on Satur­day May 26.

Woodville Lions were run­ning their Mon­ster Garage Sale but the Tararua women Lions pro­vided a ser­vice for the com­mu­nity — spread­ing the word on health.

There were 22 or­gan­i­sa­tions scat­tered around the sta­dium, each pro­vid­ing sup­port for peo­ple with health is­sues and of­fer­ing ser­vices and sup­ple­ments.

Ma­jor or­gan­i­sa­tions like Mid Cen­tral Health and the Cen­tral Pri­mary Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Sport Manawatu¯ , Ran­gita¯ ne’s Te Kete Hauora and the Tararua Health Group were all present to ex­plain their roles in keep­ing Tararua’s pop­u­la­tion healthy.

There were or­gan­i­sa­tions which tar­geted spe­cific groups like Youth­line, Tararua Safer Se­niors, Tararua Sup­port­ing Fam­i­lies in Men­tal Ill­ness, Pahiatua Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Trust and Heart­land Ser­vices.

There were spe­cial­ists in re­flex­ol­ogy, mas­sage, health sup­ple­ments and Tai Chi.

In the back­ground groups like the Bush Rock n’ Roll Club and the Boot Scoot­ers Line Dancers en­ter­tained, of­fer­ing op­tions for peo­ple young and old while Woodville Ra­dio broad­cast out­side.

Or­gan­iser Sharon Jones said the expo was a first time for her club and she was pleased with the re­sponse from both health-re­lated or­gan­i­sa­tions and the Woodville pub­lic for com­ing along.

She hopes her club might make this an an­nual event, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween Woodville and Pahiatua.

Basil­lia Siri­ett grate­fully re­ceives some foot care from Sole to Soul Re­flex­ol­ogy. The Tararua Ad­dic­tion Sup­port Net­work was pro­mot­ing the anti-meth mes­sage, be­low.

Morna McFar­lane of Sport Manawatu¯ of­fers a keep fit op­tion from its Green Pre­scrip­tion Pro­gramme, left.

Chil­dren from the Bush Rock n’ Roll Club en­ter­tained.

Stephen Tay­lor re­ceives a Swedish Re­me­dial Mas­sage from Lee Collinson of Sweet Dreams with Ni­cole Hay of Roses Hair Sa­lon where both work.

Grant Hansen from the Cen­tral PHO and Gavin Hurnard from Stan­ford Liv­ing of­fer health checks and cour­ses on healthy life­styles, right.

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