Shoppers at Leicester Market will be able to obtain helpful tips and advice on maintaining elements of a healthy lifestyle on Monday 25 September, as between 10.00am and 2.00pm in Corn Exchange Square, Leicester Stop Smoking Service, Get Healthy Leicester, The Carers Centre and award-winning programme Heartwize will be engaging with members of the public to raise awareness.
Also in attendance between 12.00pm and 1.00pm, Leicester City Football Club legend and club ambassador Alan Birchenall will be lending his support to the day, having worked closely with Heartwize to promote the need for defibrillators in public locations and sports clubs across the county. Better known across the county as The Birch, the former City player suffered a cardiac arrest early this year and required life-saving CPR whilst attending an awards evening at Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road.
The Leicester Stop Smoking Service will be providing details of their free 12-week support service, which is four-times more likely to ensure a smoker gives up the habit for good. The Leicester Stop Smoking Service is one of the most innovative in the country, having made headlines when they announced themselves as the first ‘e-cig friendly’ service in the United Kingdom; acknowledging the devices as a valid method of stopping smoking.
Meanwhile, Heartwize’s team will be on hand to provide shoppers with interactive sessions on how to provide CPR to somebody that has suffered a cardiac arrest, ensuring as many people as possible attending Leicester Market on the day know how to save a life when called upon.
Alan Birchenall, Club Ambassador at Leicester City Football Club and Heartwize supporter, said: “I’d encourage as many people as possible to make their way down to Leicester Market on 25 September, as the information that will be available will almost certainly help you enjoy a healthier lifestyle – not to mention the ability to learn some invaluable life-saving skills courtesy of the wonderful team at Heartwize. Having received immediate aid from people trained in the skills that Heartwize will be teaching at Leicester Market, I know first-hand the difference that possessing these skills can make.
“The Stop Smoking Service does a great job helping people kick a habit that we all know is incredibly dangerous to our health and I think it’s brilliant that services who link naturally to each other are getting together to engage with the people they work with. I look forward to seeing everybody down there.”
Louise Ross, Leicester Stop Smoking Service Manager, added: “We’re excited at the prospect of interacting with smokers, and those who know smokers, wishing to quit – and confident that people will be surprised at the level of support that the Stop Smoking Service offers. We tailor our support to the needs of the individual. We value the impact that e-cigarettes can have in helping people to stop smoking cigarettes. Hopefully our presence at Leicester Market will result in even more people making the decision to kick the habit for good – and we’ll be there to help every step of the way.”
Adam Piotrowski, Development Officer at Leicester Market, said: “Leicester Market, with our daily fresh fruit and vegetables, and local produce in our award-winning food hall, naturally has links to leading a healthy lifestyle from a dietary perspective, so we’re pleased to host a number of great organisations that can enhance that healthy lifestyle. We have worked closely with the Stop Smoking Service before and are huge supporters of their work – and we’re looking forward to welcoming Heartwize and other organisations to the Market for the very first time.”