Almost 100 Bingara women took part in a ‘Girls Night Out’ last Friday, where, in between having loads of fun, they learnt about heart health, amongst other things.
The event, held at the Roxy Theatre and Peters Cafe, gave the HealthWISE team, coordinated by Chris Connor, the opportunity to present some little known facts about heart health, using the theme, Making the invisible – visible.
Participants lined up to have their blood pressure and sugar readings taken.
They will be contacted in a months time to check goals from those readings and general health goals.
Ready for Action: The HealthWISE team setting up for the Girls Night Out
Participants were also spoilt with refreshing cocktails and foods before the event in Peter’s Café.
Penny Wilson from the Heart Foundation strongly advised to go to GP for a heart health check as one women of any age dies of a heart disease in Australia every hour. 52% of men recover from heart attack but only 42% of women do.
The aim of the event is to make the signs and symptoms of heart disease visible made possible by a grant Health Wise was successful in obtaining from the Heart Foundation to deliver these important messages to three centres.
Fiona Robertson took the group through the role that Health Wise has in this area.
Anna Hicks stood in for our region’s dietician, Rachael Smalley, and gave an insight to healthy eating and the new food pyramid, and gave hands on experience to use ‘Mindfulness’ techniques in regard to food and to keep as close to the source of the food as possible.
Participants broke for a superb supper provided by Swan Fine Foods in Peter’s Café before returning for information on sensible exercise, and cancer related issues delivered by Dimity Bets from the Cancer Council who travelled from Tamworth.
A lively and informative question and answer session followed.