It’s that time of year again when people strive to become fitter and healthier. The Downpatrick District Electoral Area (DEA) Forum in partnership with County Down Rural Community Network, are offering the residents of Strangford and the surrounding areas an opportunity to come along and have their basic health checks carried out. The Action Cancer Bus and the Farm Families Bus will be in the car park beside the Ferry Terminal on Saturday 20 January 2018 from 10am.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “Although a good diet and exercise regime is recommended, most people will forget about the basic requirements of checking their own health. People can be unaware that they are heading towards diabetes, suffering from cholesterol or high blood pressure. This event is an opportunity to have all of the above checked.”

“It is an excellent free initiative for the people of Strangford and surrounding areas and I would encourage everyone to book their appointments as soon as possible as there will be limited places on offer. Often with such busy lives, we can forget to get our basic health checked. The professionals in attendance can give you advice, guidance and support to help you lead a longer and healthier life.”

Men, in particular those from the farming community, can find it difficult and time consuming to go to the doctor, therefore we would encourage them to come along to the Farm Families Bus on Saturday for a free health assessment. This quick health check will offer a good indicator of your health and will involve diabetic risk score, blood pressure and cholesterol checks. To book contact Katrina Hynds on 07803 832 512 or Daniella McCarry/Jenny Laverty on 028 4461 2311.

The Action Cancer Bus will also be available on the day for breast screening and MOT health checks. These can be arranged by calling Action Cancer 028 9080 3344 or you can book online at www.actioncancer.org.

In addition to the health checks, the PSNI is urging members of the farming community to bring their trailers along and get them marked. This is an excellent free service offered to the community which provides additional security for their equipment. Prior booking is not required – just come along on the day and you can get your health check carried out while you wait.

If you require any further information on any of the Downpatrick DEA initiatives please contact Katrina Hynds on 07803 832 512 or katrina.hynds@nmandd.org.