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Posted: 25/05/17

Students raise health awareness in the community

The people of Mansfield have been getting helpful health hints this week from students at West Nottinghamshire College.

  • The students adorned an empty retail unit with helpful health advice
  • Learners researched nutrition and obesity
  • Students researched facts and figures on breast cancer
  • The importance of keeping alcohol intake safe was highlighted while serving healthy mocktails
  • There was information on metal health available
  • One of the tasty mocktail recipes

As part of a final project before completing their studies, Level 3 Health and Social Care Extended Diploma students have researched the local demographic area’s primary health concerns through statistics obtained through APHO – a public health observatory data site.

This week, they took their findings out into the community at the Four Seasons Shopping Centre, where they put on interactive health stands and provided people with information of where to seek further professional health advice.

Learners put together a health promotion campaign based on their research and themed their information stands according to the health topic. Research was undertaken on breast cancer, alcohol misuse, mental health issues, drugs and legal highs, preventing obesity and sexual health.

Running over two days within the Four Seasons Shopping Centre, within a currently vacant retail unit, the diploma students spoke to members of the public who dropped in to discover what their campaign was about.

Sacha Brunt, 18, said: “We had quite a few visitors to our stands. We hope that we’ve shown people how small changes to their health and daily lives can make a big difference to their wellbeing.

“We’ve been selling mocktail recipes for a small fee and all the money is going back into college funds to support more initiatives like today’s.”

Tutor Sarah Hooley said: “The students have worked incredibly hard researching the local demographic area and highlighting key health concerns.

“The effort that they’ve put in to preparing these campaigns has been reflected in the standard of work that has been produced and I am extremely proud of all of them and what they have achieved.”