BOLTON’S flagship health, leisure and research centre will host the town’s annual Health Mela for the first time.

Bolton One will stage the event at which visitors can get a free health check.

The Health Mela, now in its fourth year, will focus on putting the fun into promoting wellbeing and education, aiming to inspire people to take control of their health and lifestyle choices.

University of Bolton Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Rob Campbell, who is chairman of the Health Mela Steering Group said: “Bringing the Health Mela to Bolton One for the first time puts this community event at the heart of our community, in a building which brings together so many healthy living services, delivered by Health Mela partners.”

Activities planned include BMI testing, blood sugar and cholesterol testing, cardiovascular risk assessments, health assessments, advice on healthy living, exercise, smoking and alcohol abuse. There will also be activities for children. The event is free and will be held on Saturday, March 9, in the NHS Bolton areas in Bolton One, from 11am until 4pm.