Finding out how our bodies work and how to keep us healthy is the theme behind two special interactive exhibitions being staged in Clydebank and Parkhead this week.
Called “Bodyworks”, they have been organised by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) together with the Glasgow Science Centre and a pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, and the first takes place at the Clyde Shopping Centre, Clydebank, on Thursday, October 14, before moving to The Forge Shopping Centre for the next two days (Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16).
Another aim of the exhibitions is to promote the role local pharmacies can play in offering advice on a wide range of topics which improve health.
Peter Burns, NHSGGC’s Project Manager, Public Health Pharmacy, said: “This is a free, fun, hands-on exhibit of how the body actually works as well as reinforcing messages of health and wellbeing.
“The exhibits are the property of the Science Centre and they include machines which can be operated by the public to demonstrate how our digestion, muscles and hearts work.”
They include a “Heart Beat Drum” which has two handles with sensors which picks up on a person’s pulse rate which is then beaten out on the drum.
The individual then carries out some form of exercise and their heart rate is tested again, with the aim of showing how the heart works and why exercise is beneficial.
Another exhibit is a “Magnetic Food Wheel” to promote a healthy diet, and this consists of a trolley with a plate and a range of different food types, carbohydrates and starches, fruit, vegetables, protein, diary products, and foods high in fat and sugar.
The plate is split into the different food groups and the challenge is to guess which food falls under the correct category.
Smokers will also be invited to try the “Age Machine” which carries out face-morphing to illustrate how they will look in the future if they continue to smoke.
The events are also an education exercise about the help and advice available from pharmacists on conditions ranging from diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease, through to smoking cessation and dietary help.
Peter added: “Pharmacists offer advice and provide resources for improving health, in addition to providing support to patients with long-term conditions and if necessary contact a person’s GP directly if the individual is beginning to experience problems with their prescription.”
Andrew Robertson, NHSGG’s Chairman, said: “This is a fun and innovative approach to educating people of all ages about their bodies and at the same time getting over important messages around maintaining good health and looking at health improvement.
“The exhibition is also an excellent vehicle to remind people of the important role pharmacists play in health care.”
The exhibitions are open between 10am to 6pm on all three days.
For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]