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Streetly Health Watch in Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Midlands

Streetly Health Watch is a small group of volunteers who are interested in local health issues. The group is backed by NHS Walsall and aims to promote health awareness amongst local residents.

Since 2008, Streetly Health Watch has been working towards addressing the problem of isolation amongst its largely ageing population by trying to encourage a sense of community. To this end, Health Watch has helped in the setting up of a now thriving local history group and, with the help of Alan Neath who set up Aldridge Community Website, has set up this website for Streetly.

( see Streetly Local History Group page )

( see Aldridge website )

Another successful venture has been the setting up of local weekly health walks in Sutton and Blackwood Parks.

see Streetly Local Area Weekly Health Walks page

Since the walks started, walkers have become fitter and more confident. So far a group of about 12 - 20 people enjoy these walks on a regular basis.

check the Whats on & Events page for details of Tuesday afternoon walks.

Health Watch helps to raise the awareness of healthy eating amongst Streetly children. It has developed a link with Parkside Pre-School Playgroup ( Parkside Pre-school Playgroup website ) which meets in the Youth Club building at Streetly Community Centre on Foley Road East. It recently provided free 'Festive Fruits' at their Xmas Fair.

Healthy eating was also promoted at Manor School' Summer Fete, at the 'Picnic in Blackwood Park, and at the Family Health Event held at the end of September 2010 in Streetly Community Hall and organised by Blackwood Health Centre.

A major success has been an ongoing event held at the Hardwick Arms pub to help promote awareness of prostate and testicular cancer.

Pub regulars decided to publish a 2011 'Calendar Boys' calendar. With the backing of Mitchells and Butlers brewery and manager, Jayne Kelsey, and the excellent service provided by Ivan Jones of Aldridge Printing Services, the idea was conceived and put into action during October and the calendar was launched on November 30th 2010.

Regular Wednesday quiz nights on 1st and 8th December were also dedicated to the cause. The pub is providing information about prostate and testicular cancers. It has, so far, raised 700 pounds for charity and is hoping to hit the 1,000 mark.

If you want to know more, or want to raise a health issue yourself, contact Peter Roberts on 07979 413 775.

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