Roadshows encourage Halton residents to have 'happy bones and happy feet'

Tai Chi can help prevent the risk of falls

Tai Chi can help prevent the risk of falls

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

‘HAPPY bones, happy feet’ roadshows are being held across Halton to make people aware of the dangers of falls.

Halton health improvement team will be raising awareness of everyday risks, urging relatives and carers of the elderly to reduce the risk of accidents.

Cookery demonstrations, hearing checks and a range of activities will be held during falls awareness week from June 16-20.

Halton Clr Marie Wright, board member for health and wellbeing, said: “We can’t escape the fact that we are an ageing population. Getting old can take its toll, which is why looking after your health and wellbeing is so important.

“Falling has a serious impact on your quality of life and health, as well as on health and social care costs. While there are many factors that can increase the risk of a fall, keeping active and eating a healthy diet as we age we can help to keep our bones healthy and strong and so reduce those risks.

“We want to encourage everyone to come along to our demonstrations and try out some of our tasty good bone food, or even try a new activity, like Tai Chi.”

The roadshow will be at Morrisons in Widnes on Monday, June 16, from 9am to midday and Runcorn Asda on Tuesday, June 17, from 9am to midday.

For more information, visit healthimprovementteam.co.uk/news/falls-awareness-week-2014/.

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