World Health Day comes to Stoke-on-Trent
A huge free celebration event is being held in Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday 11th April to mark World Health Day.
NHS Stoke on Trent and Stoke on Trent City Council have teamed up to host a major event across Central Forest Park, Burslem Park and the City Centre giving people the opportunity to have fun getting healthy.
Central Forest Park in Hanley will be the main focus of the event where there will be a range of free fun interactive activates each with different health related themes.
One of the main attractions is a fitness and games area, where Stoke City, Port Vale, Youth Services, Army and Local Cadets, along with many local businesses and organisations, will be hosting fun and games.
On the main stage, there will be live entertainment, hosted by Signal 1 presenters and BBC Radio Stoke’s ‘Subculture’ show with the best in new unsigned local music.
There will also be themed areas within the City Centre and The Potteries Shopping Centre including healthy cookery demonstrations by local restaurants.
Also there will be many free art events and Installations within Burslem Park including health and fitness demonstrations throughout the day
A free shuttle bus service will be running throughout the day between Central Forest Park and Burslem Park so getting about couldn’t be easier.
It’s all part of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest initiative, which will link up with cities across the world.
This year’s theme is ‘1,000 cities, 1,000 lives,’ which runs from the 7th – 11th April and culminates here in our flagship event on Sunday April 11th.
As part of the event, organisers want 1,000 stories of urban health champions, who have taken action to help improve their own or the city’s health.
In the lead up to April 11th, various initiatives will take place to encourage people to get involved in litter picking, planting, health and fitness initiatives across the city, including walks around Stoke-on-Trent and Central Forest Park.
Other activities on the day include dance groups displaying their skills as well as giving the public the opportunity to have a go; handy hints and tips about growing your own vegetables, plants and flowers as well as devoted areas for kicking the smoking habit, healthy eating advice, and mental health and well being.
Speaking at the official opening of Middleport Medical Centre the Rt.Honourable Andy Burnham MP, Secretary of State for Health said: “It’s great to see that Stoke-on-Trent is planning such a big event for World Health Day.
“I urge as many people as possible to get involved on April 11th. It’s crucial that people take interest in their own health and the health of their children.
“Events in the area will give the people of Stoke a real chance to find out more about all the fun things they can do to get fit, stay active and eat healthily which is also what our change4life campaign is all about.”