HEALTH experts are targeting mothers-to-be with a new scheme.
As part of Pregnancy Health Month, NHS Kirklees Public Health staff and the Kirklees Stop Smoking Services are joining forces to provide information on keeping healthy during pregnancy.
The Yorkshire and Humber smoke-free double-decker bus will be visiting a different Children’s Centre on each day of the week starting on Monday. Specialist information will be available for women who are planning a family, are pregnant or who already have children.
Pregnancy Health Month is an awareness and fund-raising initiative from Tommy’s baby charity that aims to provide every parent-to-be in the UK with access to the most current and relevant pregnancy information available. It aims to heighten awareness of positive lifestyle choices that can make pregnancy safer and places pregnancy health issues onto the public agenda.
Dr Judith Hooper, Director of Public Health, said: “Being healthy prior to conception is the best route to a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
“This means having a healthy diet, not smoking, being physically active and taking folic acid before and during pregnancy, then also breast feeding afterwards. Encouraging and supporting women of child-bearing age to be able to eat healthy, not smoke and be physically active enough is a top priority for NHS Kirklees, and can be enjoyable.
“Pregnancy Health Month is an ideal time for women to take the first steps towards positive changes that will provide long-term benefits for themselves and their families.”
The bus will be available on:
Monday, September 22 - Batley Central Children’s Centre - 1pm-3pm
Tuesday, September 23 - Dewsbury Moor Children’s Centre - 9am-12pm
Wednesday, September 24 - Chickenley Children’s Centre - 9am-11.30am
Thursday, September 25 - Ravensthorpe Children’s Centre - 1pm-3pm
Friday, September 26- Chestnut Centre, Deighton - 9am-12pm
For more information please contact the NHS Kirklees Communications Team on 01484 466004