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Have you got happy feet?
Thursday 13th June, 2013

EVENTS encouraging people to keep their feet healthy to prevent falls in later life are taking place across Wigan as part of Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2013 (Monday 17-Friday 21 June).

Organisations including leisure provider WLCT, Wigan Council, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Age UK, and other support and voluntary agencies have come together to spread the message that it’s important to keep your feet healthy in order to maintain mobility and independence throughout life.

There will be a stall at Leigh Outdoor Market on Tuesday 18 June, 9am -3.30pm, and at Orrell Arcade, The Galleries, Wigan, on Thursday 20 June, 9am- 4pm. There will also be events within other older people’s services, health centres and exercise groups throughout the week.

At each event there will be representatives from relevant organisations to offer information and advice on all aspects of keeping healthy and independent.

Katharine Kennedy, specialist activity officer in WLCT’s Active Living Team, said: “It’s really important that people look after their feet to reduce their chance of encountering problems with balance, walking and sensation – all of which can lead to falls. I’d particularly urge older people to attend the activities taking place so they can learn valuable information about how to prevent falls and keep their feet healthy all year round.”

Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General at Age UK, said: “Foot pain and falls are not inevitable as we get older. There are lots of things that we can do to help prevent falls and keep our feet healthy throughout life – from simply having regular foot checks to wearing well-fitting shoes. During the week, people will be able to find out more about how to look after their feet and how to do simple exercises that could help prevent falls.

“Events such as those in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan held in support of Falls Awareness Week are crucial in helping everyone understand how to reduce the risk of falling and how to maintain mobility and independence as we grow older.”

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