College’s annual health fair

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The Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education’s annual health fair will take place tomorrow (Wednesday), with the theme of ‘Looking After the Whole You’.

A wide range of topics will be addressed by more than 30 voluntary and statutory agencies. These will include the Youth Service, the dangers of NekNominate, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Isle of Man Netball Association, which will be checking out participants’ goal-shooting skills.

There will also be fitness tips, information on sexual health and contraception advice and information about, eating disorders.

There will be 20-minute stress-busting treatments by local reiki practitioners, and the college’s student welfare officer will guide short mindfulness meditations.

School nurses will also be offering guidance on managing stress.

Local charities including Cruse Bereavement Care, Samaritans, the Stroke Association, DASH and Crossroads Care Young Carers and will be on hand to discuss their various support services.

Treatments, including back and Indian head massage, hopi ear candles, manicures, face mapping, brow bar, hair-cuts and ‘hair-ups’, will be provided by college hairdressing and beauty students.

Anne Gundry, head of student services at the college, said: ‘We are delighted so many local agencies will be attending the fayre to provide information of real relevance to young people in their everyday lives. Information will address the full meaning of health – physical, emotional and mental well-being, be easy to understand, interactive, informative and fun.’

The fair will be opened at 9.15am by Tim Crookall MHK, Minister for Education and will run until 1pm.

A programme of activities will be available at the College reception. While the fair is targeted at younger people, everyone is welcome to attend.

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