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The Pop-Up Health Shop Promotes "Weight Wise Week"

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Tuesday 07 January 2014

Health and Social Services Department Media Release

Anyone who is struggling with their weight is encouraged to visit the OSA Pop-Up Shop, organised by the Health Promotion Unit, at 22 Smith Street during "Weight Wise Week" in January. The nurses from the Chest and Heart Unit will be there checking blood pressures, weights and metabolism, and other health professionals will be available to offer hints, tips and resources to anyone who wants to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. The shop will be open from Monday 13th January to Saturday 18th January from 10am to 2pm each day.

The Health Promotion Officer for Obesity, Lynn Spencer, said "January is the time of year when many people set themselves the challenge of losing weight and becoming healthier, and we can help them to achieve their goals. We organise courses and sessions designed to meet the varying needs of the public, and I would encourage anyone who is interested to come along and talk to us about the options available to them."

The "Weight Wise Week" campaign is a UK initiative that aims to raise awareness of the health advantages of being a healthy weight. The Pop-Up Health Shop will give the public the opportunity to talk to health professionals who can offer free and friendly weight management advice, and encourage them to make small yet sustainable life-style changes.

The Director of Public Health, Dr Stephen Bridgman, added "Obesity is an important cause of ill health and premature death and I encourage people to consider the health benefits of maintaining a healthy weight."

ENDS

Note to Media

The media are invited to attend the shop at 22 Smith Street (two shops up from the Post Office) on Monday 13th or Wednesday 15th January between 10.30 and 12.30 pm. For appointments at any other time please call Lynn Spencer on 707311 or 07781 425539.

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