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Mayor Launches Health Information Week

The Mayor of South Tyneside joined local healthcare providers to promote the good health resources available the public as part of a national campaign.

Health Information Week (2-8 July) is a multi-sector annual campaign showcasing the support and information freely available to help people improve their health and wellbeing.

South Tyneside Council joined forces with the local NHS and voluntary organisations to mark the week for the second year running.

The campaign was launched by the Mayor, Councillor Ken Stephenson and the Mayoress, Cathy Stephenson, at a health and wellbeing event at Cleadon Park Library. Visitors were given the opportunity to talk to a range of organisations providing advice and health information over a cuppa and some healthy soup.

The Mayor said: "I was delighted to help launch such a great campaign. By making sure people have access to the right information, we can help them to improve their health and wellbeing and live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

"Libraries are ideal places for this with books and resources freely available to all and skills staff and assisted online access to help reach out to vulnerable people.

"Health Information Week also gives us a great opportunity to work together with other healthcare providers to showcase the range of information and support available."

An extensive programme of activities and events were arranged to mark the week.

These have included an event, organised by Equal People, for people with learning disabilities and featuring Books Beyond Words, which explain different medical conditions and the procedures and treatments using pictures.

Visitors to Cleadon Park Library were also given the opportunity to have their height and weight checked and to get advice on how to live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives using self-care through the Better U programme.

Mental Health Matters were on hand at Hebburn Central and Jarrow Library to give greater insight into how people can assert themselves to have their rights, choices and opinions heard.

Primrose Library also hosted an event to promote the small changes people can make in their lives to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

The monthly HealthNet forum also came together. The forum is a platform for individuals and the voluntary and community sector to debate, influence and share local health and wellbeing services to achieve better outcomes. It meets on the first Friday of event month, from 10am to 12noon, at St Jude's Parish Hall in South Shields.

 

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