PEOPLE in Chorley got the chance to get tips on living a healthy lifestyle at the borough’s first ever Health Mela.

The event organised by Chorley Council, in conjunction with the Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust and the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, was held to promote the breadth of advice and support available to people in the borough.

People had the chance to get a health MOT, learn easy to cook healthy recipes and see what facilities are on offer at All Seasons Leisure Centre, where the event was held.

The Health Mela started with a breakfast meeting for health professionals on the theme of integrating services in Chorley.

Chief guest MP for Chorley Lindsay Hoyle spoke of the importance of delivering seamless health and social care services. He also praised the organisers for working together to hold the event.

Councillor Hasina Khan, member responsible for equality and diversity and who takes a keen interest in the health and wellbeing of residents, said: “Leading a healthier lifestyle has so many benefits for people but sometimes residents are not sure where to get help and advice from so this was a way of giving people the chance to see what’s available.

“Making small changes to what you do, which don’t have to cost anything or take up much time, can leave you feeling refreshed so you can enjoy yourself more and feel better about what you are doing.

“It was great to see so many people attending and we will continue working with our health partners to ensure we provide the best possible service to residents.”

Professor Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to continue to support such a worthy event as the Health Mela. These melas are fantastic opportunities to raise awareness of a variety of health issues and provide a great chance for people from Chorley and the surrounding areas to speak to a variety of services about how they can improve their own health and wellbeing.”

Another further health mela is to be held in Leyland on October 14 at Worden Academy on Westfield Drive.