Give a hearty welcome to a healthier lifestyle

Hillingdon libraries will be running a wide range of free events and activities throughout February in support of national Heart Month.

The annual initiative, which encourages people to make small, positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle, will begin with a health fair at Uxbridge Library on Friday 2 February between 10am and 4pm. Advice and information will be available from local health providers, including Healthwatch Hillingdon, Prostate Awareness, Macular Support, Hillingdon Brain Tumour and Injury, Hillingdon Mind, Parkinson's UK and Dental Health - writes

A second health fair will be held at Botwell Green Leisure Centre, Hayes, on Saturday 24 February between 10am and 2pm.

A heart-themed open mic night, featuring a variety of entertainment from local talent, will take place at Uxbridge Library on 2 February from 7.30 to 9pm. For further details, or to book a slot, please email [email protected]

Throughout the month, residents will be encouraged to join in with a variety of activities, including walks, chairobics, cycle rides, Zumba and yoga.

Hillingdon residents aged between 17 and 24 and 40 and 74 will be entitled to a free health check, and children are invited to attend fun interactive workshops, story time and games sessions.

Coffee morning and support groups will offer a chance to share information about health and wellbeing.

Visitors to Uxbridge Library will also have the opportunity to try out the new Tovertafel - a fun Dutch invention (called 'magic table' in English) that provides stimulating interactive light games for people living with dementia and their carers.

Councillor Philip Corthorne, Cabinet Member for Social Services, Health and Housing, said: "A few small changes to our lifestyle can have significant benefit, helping us to live longer, healthier and happier lives. I encourage residents to join in with the activities and take advantage of the help and advice on offer."

To see the whole programme of events for Heart Month please visit What's on? or ask at your local library.

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