Big Health Check Day in Norwich

More than 120 people with learning disabilities and their carers have taken part in a Big Health Check Day in Norfolk.

The aim of the initiative was to encourage the participants to look after their own health needs and also assess how much progress has been made in improving healthcare over the past year.

The event had information and activities from a range of health professionals.

Wanting to make the day as healthy, fun and interactive as possible, there were demonstrations on how to wash hands effectively, understand and enjoy aromatherapy, singing for wellbeing and safe sex.

The Big Heath Check Day takes place once a year and is organised by the Health Sub-group of the Norfolk Partnership Board, a group of professionals and people with learning disabilities from health and social services.

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Stephen McCormack, NHS Norfolk's commissioning manager for mental health and learning disabilities, co-chairs the Health Sub-group.

He said: 'We were delighted with the number of people who came to the Big Health Check Day. They fully participated in the event. The advice and information they gave us will further help us to improve access to Health Services in Norfolk for people with learning disabilities'

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Everyone who attended the Big Health Check Day was encouraged to set three personal heath targets for 2011.

The event took place at Dereham Football Club and was coordinated by community filmmakers Shelly Telly and their Action Crew.

It was also filmed for a DVD which will be used in health education across Norfolk and further afield.

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