Promoting a healthier Bradford

Ruth Peterson | November 11, 2019

Health & Social Welfare students at Bradford College are supporting Bradford’s efforts to educate and improve the health and wellbeing of its people.

The students held their annual Health Event at the David Hockney Campus, hosting stalls providing visitors with a wealth of hard-hitting statistics and information about health issues impacting the city.

More than 100 people visited the event during the day.

Student with a health and nutrition display on type 2 diabetes
At the health and nutrition event

Empowering people to look after their health

Higher education lecturer in health and welfare Claire Holliday said: “As part of their module, they researched health problems within Bradford where they were higher than the national average, and looked at how we can promote better lifestyles.

“For example, Bradford has the highest prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the country, with more than one in 10 people in the city diagnosed with the condition.

Female student at Health and Nutrition event
Student at Health and Nutrition event

“We looked at how to empower people to improve their own health, providing information on eating well and where to get support for issues such as drug and alcohol misuse.”

Stalls also included information on mental health, oral health, and air pollution.

Also at the event was The Bridge project, which had a display on drug and alcohol misuse.

An opportunity for students to showcase work

The event was organised by the Health and Social Welfare level 6 students as part of their Promoting Public Health module, with 17 students in total taking part.

Claire added: “There was a really good turnout to the event and feedback from staff and students was really positive.”

The effort to support the health of the city’s people comes after a report published by professional services organisation PwC named Bradford the UK’s most improved city in terms of jobs growth, skill levels and quality of life.

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