Check your health free at Lions day

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

Toko and Strat­ford Lions Clubs have teamed up to host a com­mu­nity health check day in Strat­ford next month.

Pres­i­dent of the Toko and District Lions Pam Mac­don­ald says the event will give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to talk to health pro­fes­sion­als and have some ba­sic tests done.

“We will have reg­is­tered nurses on hand to take your blood pres­sure, check your di­a­betic sta­tus and other sim­ple tests, as well as of­fer­ing ad­vice on a range of health-re­lated top­ics, from diet and ex­er­cise to stop­ping smok­ing.”

A di­eti­cian will give ad­vice on un­der­stand­ing food la­belling, says Pam. “As well as nu­mer­ous other health spe­cial­ists, of­fer­ing ad­vice, in­for­ma­tion and checks.”

They in­clude chemists, au­di­ol­ogy spe­cial­ists, skin checks, po­di­a­trists and les­sons in CPR, car­diac ed­u­ca­tors and spe­cial­ists in in­con­ti­nence, stomas and prostate can­cer. The event is free.

“All the checks are be­ing done free e, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the health pro­fes­sion­als who are do­nat­ing their time and ex­per­tise to this project while the Strat­ford District Coun­cil have kindly given us the use of the venue at no cost.”

While the event is open to any­one, Pam says the fo­cus is par­tic­u­larly on those aged 40 or over.

“As we get older, we seem to put our own health needs on the back­burner at times. A bit of the Kiwi ‘she’ll be right’ at­ti­tude, along with be­ing short on time to get to see a doc­tor and we can be at risk of ig­nor­ing symp­toms or warn­ing signs. This day gives peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to talk to ex­perts about any con­cerns, while also tak­ing ad­van­tage of the chance to have a bit of a health war­rant of fit­ness.”

Pam says peo­ple can come in their lunch break from work, with no book­ing nec­es­sary.

“Just come along on the day, and take this bril­liant op­por­tu­nity to have your health checked. This helps avoid you be­ing caught out or taken by sur­prise with a health is­sue. Let your lo­cal Lions groups help you deny your kids their in­her­i­tance for an­other 20 or 30 years!”

● Toko and Strat­ford Lions Health Pro­mo­tion Day: Strat­ford War Me­mo­rial Cen­tre. Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13. 10am — 2pm. Free. Juliet Street, Strat­ford |

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