Stone Rotary raising health awareness

Visitors to Stone’s Farmers’ Market were offered a health MOT, organised by Stone Rotary.

Rotarians in Stone held their annual Health Awareness Day on Saturday, September 2, encouraging visitors to the Farmers’ Market to spend a few minutes having some basic health checks, such as blood pressure, blood sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI).

The event, run in conjunction with the Stroke Association, was one of many that have been held throughout Great Britain and Ireland, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of regular checks on these necessary measurements. As well as the basic health checks, participants were provided with some key lifestyle advice, and the importance of the Face Arm Speech Time (FAST) message was stressed.

Rotary’s District Governor, Carol Reilly, who also leads this programme for Rotary in Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of the West Midlands, said:

“Rotary helps save lives, by raising awareness of important health issues. 20 per cent of people seen today have been advised to visit their GP over the next week and month. Being aware saves lives.”

The event certainly paid off for one participant who was strongly advised to seek urgent advice from his doctor. He visited his General Practitioner on the Monday morning who sent him that day to hospital for urgent treatment.

Phil Leason, President of Rotary in Stone, remarked that several hundred people had stopped for a chat with the Rotarians, and their supporters. It was very encouraging to find so many being well looked after by their own family doctor. He also thanked Co-Op Stone Funeral Care for their support and went on to say that this exercise to raise health awareness was just one way that Rotary puts something back into the community, and anybody who would like to get involved should make contact, by calling on 01785 819807 or emailing pro@stonerotary.org