Staying Healthy: Keeping Well
17 September 2015

Tameside Hospital has joined forces with Tameside Council to introduce Staying Healthy: Keeping Well, a new pilot initiative to encourage local young people to think about eating healthily, exercising more, understanding simple medical techniques and basic ideas to engage with grandparents or family and friends who have early onset dementia.

The event will take place on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 10 -11.30am in a giant marquee outside the main hospital entrance at Hartshead South with 120 children from Dowson Primary School, in Hyde. The programme will be:

9.45 am: WELCOME Karen James, Chief Executive, Tameside Hospital and Angela Hardman, Director of Public Health, Tameside Council.

The children will then divided into four groups to ‘round robin’ four sets of activities, namely:

  • Music and Movement – physical activity session aimed at every child
  • Basic First Aid – a fun and informative masterclass that could save lives from Tameside’s new community paramedic, Val Grimshaw
  • Oral Health – interactive and fun but with a serious message to keep teeth and gums clean
  • Looking After Nana and Grandad – a joint approach to better understanding dementia from specialist Admiral Nurse, Pam Kehoe and Angela Wild from the Public health team.

The children will also see first hand how the ‘smoothie bike’ turns fruit and berries into delicious healthy drinks, and there will be healthy refreshments and a certificate for everyone who attends.

Karen James, Chief Executive at Tameside Hospital says: “Research shows that children who stay a healthy weight tend to be fitter, healthier, better able to learn, and more self-confident. They're also much less likely to have health problems in later life. And children encouraged to be active and eat well are more likely to stay a healthy weight and grow up healthy. The lessons they learn at a young age will stand them in good stead for the future.”

Angela Hardman, Director of Public Health, Tameside Council adds: “Our children and young people are faced with multiple challenges and opportunities when it comes to keeping fit and healthy.  The Staying Healthy, Keeping Well initiative is a great way for us to bring our resources together to increase understanding of health, helping children and young people to develop and grow, and to shape better habits that lead to wiser choices as they get older.”

 ENDS

For more information please contact Susan Osborne in the Tameside Hospital communications team on 07836 229208.