Monday, August 03, 2009

Tackling Diabetes makes for a moving story

Blackburn with Darwen's Healthy Communities Partnership is aiming to help tackle diabetes in Blackburn with a series of initiatives.

Volunteers from the Healthy Communities Partnership's diabetes group have been touring the borough with an educational drama about diabetes called 'Houston We Have A Problem'.

The drama written and performed by the group follows the story of Shirley who after a life with a lack of exercise, binge eating and drinking is diagnosed with diabetes.

The heart warming story takes the audience on a reminiscent journey from the 1960s to the present day with lots of singing and laughter along the way while getting across important health messages and promoting healthier lifestyles in the prevention and management of diabetes.

The group of volunteers aged between 50 -83 previously toured the borough with their drama around elder abuse, which resulted in an increase of reporting elder abuse to adult social services by three times.

It is hoped this drama will promote healthier lifestyles in the prevention and management of diabetes.

Support from healthcare services such as retinopathy screening and an Xpert patient (diabetic nurse) are also on hand at performances to answer any clinical questions.

The Healthy Communities Partnership is also helping to stage a diabetes awareness day at Bangor Street Community Centre on Saturday, August 8.

The event, which starts at 11am and runs until 2pm is being organised by the partnership alongside the Blackburn Healthy Living Centre and the Bangor Street Health Centre.

The day will feature a number of presentations from Xpert patients, local GPs, representatives from Diabetes Uk and the Retinopathy Screening programme.

The next performance of 'Houston We Have A Problem' takes place at St Albans Social Club on Norwich Road on Tuesday, August 4, 1.30pm.

And at the Bangor Street Community Centre diabetes awareness day from 1pm.

Tickets are free and available from the venues or call Health and Fitness (01254) 694503 to reserve a place.

And anyone interested in booking the drama for a community group phone Caroline Holtom on (01254) 694503

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