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Find Out the Facts on Health Issues

Residents of South Tyneside can access a whole range of information on health issues next week as the Borough celebrates Health Information Week.

This is the first time the week has been marked in South Tyneside and organisers hope that by working together with partners, the public will benefit from being able to access a wider range of material.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "This week is about showcasing the range and quality of health information that is available to people in the Borough.

"By working in partnership, we hope to improve the overall access to quality health resources available across various organisations and sectors."

As part of the week, a number of events are being held. These include a health and wellbeing drop-in at Cleadon Park Library on Monday (3 July) between 10am and 1pm and an information event at The Word on Tuesday (4 July) between 10am and 1pm.

On Wednesday (5 July) a relaxation session is being held at Women's Health in South Tyneside (WHIST) between 12.30 and 1pm which is open to any woman over the age of 16. For more information, phone (0191) 454 6959.

On Thursday (6 July) a Just-4-Men health event will be held at Haven Court between 9.30am and 2pm.

There will also be a number of information stands in libraries and other public spaces across the Borough.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader with responsibility for Leisure and Culture, said: "I am delighted that our Library Service and so many partners have come together to support this week.

"I would encourage people to take advantage of this week and find out the range of information on health subjects that could help them manage their condition."

As part of the week, the new Books on Prescription scheme will be launched to support people with conditions such as fatigue, arthritis and diabetes. Under the scheme, people can access self-help books by health experts as well as those with experience of the same conditions.

For more information about the week, visit


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