Life Long Wellbeing project took part in the European Cooperation Day by organizing a health day event together with the local Stroke Association in Kainuu Region Library on Friday 27.9.20013. In the event it was possible to measure blood sugar, hemoglobin, blood pressure and body fat index. Peak expiratory flow test (PEF) was also a new experience for many participants.
The event was attended by over 200 people of different ages. A large number of visitors and their desire to get information about the current state of their own health surprised the organizers of the event.
It was common for both men and women to have a high body fat index. Some participants’ body fat index was measured for the first time and for many the results were surprising. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time for personal health counseling. However, participants were given materials on healthy lifestyle and musculoskeletal disorders. The Stroke Association guided the participants to recognize the symptoms of a stroke and what to do if symptoms appear.
During the event the organizers would have wanted to tell more about the Lifelong Wellbeing-project as well as health inequalities in Russian Karelia. Also, some of the participants were very interested in Russian women's and men's health, and how they differ from the Finnish health status.
The day was a good experience for the organizers even there wasn’t enough time for personal advice and discussion. It was a positive surprise how many people attended the event. The organizers believe that the measurements made the people think about their own health and well-being.