Health Promotion Event for people with a learning disability

People who have a learning disability, and their carers, are invited to a Health Promotion Event taking place during Learning Disability Week (June 17th – 23rd).  The event, which runs from 12.00-4.00pm on Friday 21st June at the BRITE Centre, Braunstone Avenue, Leicester LE3 1LE, is designed to help people stay healthy and to support general health, mental health and wellbeing.

There will be a range of activities and information available on the day, from the NHS and other local organisations, including the Silver Star Diabetes charity who will be offering tests for diabetes, blood pressure checks and body mass index (BMI) measurements. There are currently over four million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and it’s estimated that over one million  people have type 2 diabetes but do not yet know it. It needs to be monitored and managed effectively, but there is also much that can be done to prevent it. 

 Vista, Leicester’s charity for people with sight loss, will be offering advice on good eye health and providing a free basic eye screening, with a certificate people can take away and show their optician, in order to seek further help and advice.

 People can also find out about:

 The Learning Disability Team,  Alzheimer’s Society, Turning Point drug and alcohol service, The Carers Centre, Stop Smoking Service,  Cancer, Diabetes,  Let’s Talk Wellbeing mental health service, Richmond Fellowship  (support for people with mental health problems) and STOMP (Stopping the Over-Medication of People)

More information on the Health Promotion Event is available at www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk