The Leyland Health Mela — a fair dedicated to the promotion of health and wellbeing, returns to the Civic Centre in West Paddock on Saturday, September 13 between 11am and 4pm.

It is a fun, friendly, family focused, an opportunity to get on the road to healthy living.

Organised by Leyland Rotary Club and the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, the Health Mela is a chance to celebrate and promote a healthy community.

There will be a chance to make your own vitamin packed drinks on the ‘smoothie’ bike, samples of complementary medicine such as Reiki, head massage, yoga and the chance to take a free and confidential health MOT with friendly, professional advice from the University of Manchester Health Olympics Team. The Health Mela this year is to be opened by Professor John Ashton, CBE, President of the UK Faculty of Public Health.

He said: “It is a particular pleasure to return to the Health Mela. The strength of community leadership in Central Lancashire on matters to do with health and wellbeing is an example for the whole country.

“I am really looking forward to spending time in conversation with visitors to the Mela and to meeting with old friends.” There will also be a pre-event breakfast meeting at 10am for health professionals and invited guests is on the theme; ‘The challenge of an Ageing Population’.

At the 2013 Health Mela, more than 220 health checks were carried out and a significant number of visitors were identified for follow-up counselling.