The Lambeth African Caribbean Health & Wellbeing event will take place on Saturday 23 October 2010 from 10.00-16.00, at the world famous Oval Cricket Ground and everyone is invited to attend.
Tasha Danvers who won the 2008 British Olympic Bronze Medal is the special guest opening the event. Budding athletes and Olympic hopefuls will have the opportunity to meet her and listen to her inspirational stories and motivational guidance.
There will be guest speakers offering up to date information on public health priorities in Lambeth, Food and Nutrition, how to keep your heart healthy and other health conditions affecting the community.
Ali Orhan, Project Manager – BME Communities, British Heart Foundation explains: “We have been working specifically with African Caribbean communities to raise awareness of heart health for the past 18 months. African Caribbean communities are more likely to experience high blood pressure, stroke and type 2 diabetes. By empowering these communities with information about risk factors and encouraging people that have concerns to discuss them, we could put them in a stronger position to live a fuller and active life.
“We are very grateful to all the support that Lambeth Community Health has given. They have shown a real commitment and determination to help bring about change regarding the health and wellbeing of African Caribbean communities in Lambeth. I feel this will be the start of an exciting and truly collaborative partnership involving influential community groups, local health care professionals and the BHF.”
Monica Imbert, Health Promotion Specialist at Lambeth Community Health said; “Health inequalities exist in the UK, both between and within minority ethnic groups. Within the Black African Caribbean community, prevalence of obesity and related disorders are significantly higher than the general population. For this reason, Lambeth Community Health (NHS) has been happy to support the British Heart Foundation in the organisation of this spectacular event; an event that will look, not only at the cultural barriers to change, but also provide culturally specific tools to overcome these barriers.
In addition to the speakers and special guests, visitors will also have the opportunity to visit a number of stalls to gather more information and to watch and take part in some sports & physical activity taster sessions.
Guests will receive a complimentary lunch and refreshments throughout the day. This event is suitable for the whole family, so put this date in your diary now and find out how to look after you and your family’s health and hearts.
To register your interest or for further information please email Humerah.Mughal@lambethpct.nhs.uk