Active Health Outdoors Family Forum

Our latest Healthwatch Oldham Forum took place on 30 June 2018 at the award winning Alexandra Park. This was our largest Forum yet with over a 1,000 people coming along to take part in a range of outdoor family health activities.
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We welcomed over 1,000 people to our outdoor family health forum held in partnership with Oldham Council's Environmental Services. We provided an opportunity for people to ask question about health and social care services.

There were a range of health stalls for people to find out how to manage their wellbeing, get information and find out about simple changes to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

A number of presentations took place which included peoples personal health journeys, as well as organisations explaining more about the work they do throughout the Borough. 

Pictures from this event were taken by Darren Robinson Photography.

Our Healthwatch Oldham Chair John Starkey said:

"Saturday the 30th June saw yet another glorious day and the beautiful Alexandra Park was the venue for the Healthwatch Oldham Active Health Outdoors event.

The event saw many organisations working in partnership to focus on Health Improvement for people in Oldham - looking at supporting people and families in making changes that lead to healthier lifestyles.

There were a great selection of activities and demonstrations taking place throughout the park and we heard from some really inspirational speakers who shared their personal experiences.

I would like to thank all who supported the event - we had over 1,000 people attend the day and also recognise the efforts from Healthwatch Oldham staff and volunteers in ensuring the success on the day.

We hope you and your families enjoyed yourselves and had the opportunity to learn about or try something new to support your healthy lifestyle."

The day in numbers

  • Over 1,000 people attended 
  • 200 people took part in the fun run
  • Nearly 100 health pledges were made
  • 30 health checks were completed
  • 115 people participated in a healthy cooking workshop
  • 13 people took part in a led bike ride
  • 49 people accessed the tennis taster
  • 266 people took part in water-based sports
  • 110 tried the Ability Wheelz taster
  • 23 adults completed a physical activity questionnaire
  • 28 children completed a physical activity questionnaire

Over 20 people eligible for a free Diabetes test

Imaan Healthcare in Werneth engaged with approximately 40 people, 21 who were eligible for a free Diabetes HbA1c test after scoring moderate / high on a risk assessment. This test can help identify people who fall into the pre-diabetic category. 

Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition where your blood glucose level is too high. 

Of the 21 who took part in the test, 3 were identified in the pre-diabetic range and were referred onto the national diabetes prevention programme.

Of the other 18 a high proportion scored very close to the pre-diabetes score, and in these cases people were offered bespoke lifestyle advice that could be applied in to their day to day routines by making minor tweaks in diet and physical activity.

Encouraging people to live a healthier life

People told us some really inspirational stories from people who have made healthy lifestyle changes. 

As part of the Forum we asked adults and young people to make one health pledge that they would commit to over the next year to live healther lives.

All the pledges were written onto tags which were attached to two trees we had at out stall on the day.

The most common pledges were to:

  • Eat Healthier
  • Drink More Water
  • Do More Exercise 

Bringing people closer to services

Throughout the event, people were able to interact with various service providers at their own health stalls. These health stalls had information which covered a wide range of services for those who lived within the Borough of Oldham. 

Find out more about services found at the event by clicking on their link below:

Thank you to all other providers who attended on the day and provided information.

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