A better Medway
Published: Thursday, 14th March 2019

Brompton Barracks, the GFC School and Medway Council united to highlight the importance of health and wellbeing at an interactive health fair.

Hundreds of soldiers, civilian staff and their families took part in an afternoon of fitness challenges, competitions, demonstrations and seminars on a variety of health topics at the fair on Wednesday, 13 March.

Some young people from the Gillingham Football Club School also visited the fair to get health and lifestyle advice.

Advice and support on mental health, healthy eating and quitting smoking was also available.

The fair was organised following the success of last year’s event which encouraged soldiers and their families to think more about their health and wellbeing.

Medway offers a wide range of health and wellbeing services

Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Public Health, said: “We offer a wide range of health and wellbeing services in Medway and it was fantastic to be able to talk to military personnel, their families and young people about the support that is on offer. There were also plenty of activities for people of all ages to enjoy. I would encourage anyone who would like to find out what they can do to become healthier to contact our public health team and access the support available.”

Excellent afternoon motivating soldiers

David Read, Head of Physical Training at Brompton Barracks, said: “It was an excellent afternoon motivating soldiers and their families to make positive health behaviour changes and increasing health awareness by providing information, activities, materials and demonstrations. The health fair also allowed us to increase awareness of local health services and resources, both military and through Medway Council. This is our third health fair with Medway Council's public health team and our partnership has been a huge success and we look forward to continuing it.”

Educating pupils on the importance of staying healthy

A GFC spokesperson said: “Gillingham Football Club, along with the GFC School, were delighted to support this local event. We appreciate the importance of staying healthy and being active and this trip was designed to educate our pupils on such matters.

"Alongside Medway Council, we consider the link between sport and education to be extremely important and the Football Club will continue to support projects and initiatives which promote this message.”

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