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Say happy birthday to the NHS and learn how to stay healthy
03 July 2018

Health teams will be joined in Guildhall Square by primary school children, the city’s Lord Mayor, council staff and many more to help mark the 70th birthday of the NHS.

The nation’s health service celebrates the landmark birthday on 5 July, 2018 and on that day the local NHS is teaming up with Portsmouth City Council and other key partners to celebrate the occasion, get people active, and pass on some healthy tips as well. Everyone is welcome to drop in, or to stop and chat as they pass through – throughout the day there will be expert advice and interactive facilities about all things health, including smoking, alcohol, weight, mental wellbeing, tooth cleaning and oral health, and life-saving. Healthy snacks will also be available.

The day-long event will also give people the chance to sign up to support the current Lord Mayor’s “Small Changes, Big Difference” campaign. Cllr Lee Mason is biding to encourage city residents to join him in the quest to walk one million miles, lose one million pounds in weight, or donate one million hours to voluntary activities.

Children from local primary schools, sporting medical fancy dress costumes, will be gathering in the square in the morning, and at lunchtime staff from the city council and the NHS will be piling outside to take part in a ‘flash mob’ mass exercise session.

Dr Linda Collie, clinical chief officer for NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The 70th birthday of the NHS is a huge milestone – there isn’t a single person in the country whose life hasn’t been affected by the NHS in one way or another.

“We wanted to put on an event which celebrates the work of everyone who has worked for the NHS over the last seven decades, but which also helps people to get ideas and inspiration on how they can live more healthily and feel better – ultimately, the future health of the NHS depends on all of us looking after our own health better. It’s important we don’t just preach to people about living healthily though – that is why we are going to set an example, get out into Guildhall Square, and get active ourselves.

“I would urge anyone who is around the city centre on 5 July to pop along, help us celebrate the NHS’ birthday, and hopefully get inspired towards taking steps to a healthier life as well.”

Cllr Lee Mason, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, said: "It's a pleasure to welcome people into Guildhall Square to celebrate this milestone for the NHS.

"My campaign is all about helping our city become healthier and happier place to live - so I hope that people can take home some tips about how they can keep themselves well. Small changes can make a big difference - to our city and to the NHS."

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