Well-being day a big success

Hartfields Retirement Village residents Pauline Bell (left) and Jean Mayes with health worker Kelly Errington (right) at the well-being day

Hartfields Retirement Village residents Pauline Bell (left) and Jean Mayes with health worker Kelly Errington (right) at the well-being day

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PENSIONERS learned about the importance of a healthy lifestyle at a well-being day.

A number of organisations, nurses and health experts visited Hartfields Retirement Village, in the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool.

There they gave residents the opportunity to question them about a healthy balanced diet and to try out a number of foods and smoothies.

It was the first time a well-being day had been held at the retirement village but staff were delighted with feedback and said they hope to make it an annual event.

Fiona Webb, human resources officer for the Joseph Rowntree foundation, which runs Hartfields Retirement Village, said: “For our residents and our staff it was all about finding out about the right things to eat and being healthy. For us at Hartfields that is of huge importance.

“Obviously we want our residents to stay active for as long as possible.

“It is just as important for our staff to know about this sort of thing so they can support the residents.”

Nurses were taking the blood pressure of residents throughout the day and weight management groups also attended with experts giving tips on how to stay in shape.

“The feedback has been excellent,” added Fiona.

“It was really useful.

“As well as speaking to the experts they also got useful tips such as how to make smoothies and different healthy meals.

“Staff and residents all enjoyed the day, we are hoping to make it an annual event.”