Blood test on the side

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per­sonal health. The food will con­sist of a sea­sonal starter, plenty of pro­tein and a healthy dessert.

Rather than re­tir­ing to the draw­ing room for a di­ges­tif, guests will then be treated to a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion about any­thing re­lat­ing to their meal, health, fit­ness or lifestyle.

When the blood re­sults are ready, they will be sent di­rectly to both the par­tic­i­pant and Ms Shah, who will then of­fer in­di­vid­ual 30-minute tele­phone con­sul­ta­tions to of­fer tai­lored ad­vice.

The con­cept of such a party emerged from the grow­ing trend of per­son­alised fit­ness plans. Ms Shah, 41, said peo­ple were be­com­ing more ed­u­cated about what they should be do­ing to im­prove their long-term health.

But while there are plenty of apps, fit­ness plans and diet regimes to change body shape, it is not easy to have a great aware­ness about in­ter­nal health.

She said peo­ple also found it harder to make lifestyle changes on their own, point­ing to the suc­cess of Weight Watch­ers as proof of how group sup­port can in­flu­ence re­sults.

“Con­sul­tants and GPs just don’t have the time to pro­vide per­son­alised nu­tri­tional and health ad­vice,” she said.

“You can be in­cred­i­bly health­con­scious but not re­ally know much about your ac­tual health. And there is so much in­for­ma­tion out there that it’s hard to sep­a­rate the dross.” Ms Shah said that so far, the par­ties had gen­er­ated most in­ter­est amongst those aged 35 to 50, who are re­al­is­ing they need to start look­ing after their health and have per­haps known friends or rel­a­tives who have fallen ill.

Ms Shah, who is also a trained doc­tor, had a change of heart when it came to her ca­reer after her mother was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer. She chose in­stead to fo­cus on nu­tri­tion, com­plet­ing a Masters in nu­tri­tional medicine at the Uni­ver­sity of Sur­rey.

She was later di­ag­nosed with breast cancer her­self, at the age of 29, but puts her re­cov­ery down to a healthy diet and knowl­edge of cer­tain foods’ power in the fight against cancer and dis­ease.

She has sev­eral links with cancer char­i­ties and is a firm ad­vo­cate for the link be­tween breast cancer and lifestyle.

‘You can be in­cred­i­bly health-con­scious but not re­ally know much about your ac­tual health’

set­tings dur­ing the Fifties, re­sult­ing in an ar­chive of more than 5,000 im­ages. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs from May 11 to June 24 at Proud Cen­tral gallery.

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