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Bowel Cancer Awareness gets a boost from Bowel Cancer Guernsey and Male Uprising Guernsey

Tuesday 8 April 2014

Bower Cancer Guernsey and Male Uprising Guernsey are supporting bowel cancer awareness month with a campaign designed to get people thinking about their bowel health during April. The focus of the campaign is a special section on bowelcancerguernsey.org where anyone can download information sheets on healthy diets, exercise plans and lifestyle changes to help prevent bowel cancer.

To spread the word about bowel health the two charities have joined forces with OSA and are planning four days of activity at the Smith Street OSA Pop Up Shop from the 14th April. The schedule is designed to cover all aspects of bowel health:

Monday 14th

The Bowel Cancer Guernsey team will be on hand with information, guidance and advice on healthy living and how to avoid the disease.

Tuesday 15th

Myfanwy Datta, Lead Dietitian at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital will available to talk about the benefits of healthy eating in cancer prevention.  Myfanwy works with bowel cancer patients and as well as talking about the role of diet and nutrition in cancer prevention she will also chat to anyone going through cancer about their nutrition. She will be accompanied by Health Trainers who look forward to advising people on a healthy lifestyle

Wednesday 16th  

Tasty fresh fruit and veggie snacks using fruit and vegetables provided by Milton Produce and prepared by Sueco The Food Co. on offer to everyone visiting the shop. Bowel Cancer Guernsey and MUG volunteers will be on hand to give tips on healthy eating.

Thursday 17th

Personal trainers from X The Finish Line will be in the OSA Pop Up Shop all day to offer free personal fitness assessments and advice on how to get more active.  During the afternoon Fitsteps instructor Donna Rogan of The Body Studio will be in Smith Street inviting everyone to join in with Fitsteps dance sessions. In addition, John Randall from BBC Radio Guernsey will be there from 1.30pm broadcasting his programme live and BBC Channel Islands' Penny Elderfield will be popping in to show off her hoola hooping skills. Have a go with a hoola hoop, try joining in a free Fitsteps class between 2 and 3pm and pick up some information doing more exercise.

As Trevor Kelham from MUG explains: 'we urge islanders to visit the OSA Pop Up Shop - we've got experts on hand, information galore and loads of information to collect. It's a one-stop-healthy-bowel-shop!'

To further develop awareness of bowel cancer symptoms the team has stickered toilets in pubs, restaurants, shops and other public places with the aim of spreading the 'Don't Sit On It, Sort It' message. The Liberation Group, Randalls, Waitrose and Beau Sejour are just some of the organisations that have supported this part of the campaign.

Not to be left out, a number of local restaurants have got on board by creating special healthy dishes for the month. La Fregate Hotel & Restaurant has a delicious and healthy home smoked salon dish created especially for the campaign on the menu this month and they will be donating £2.00 from every dish sold to Bowel Cancer Guernsey. Tides Bistro are offering a tasty and wholesome Steamed Cod En Papillote, with Lime, Ginger & Vegetables, Served with Steamed Brown Rice on their specials board to encourage dinners to try healthy dishes. They are also donating money from each dish sold to the charity.

'We're going all out to get a healthy bowel message across during April and hope that people will take the time to visit our website, bowelcancerguernsey.org and download some of the information sheets we've placed there. We've got everything you need to make April the month to make some new bowel friendly lifestyle habits,' comments Anne Brouard, Chair of Bowel Cancer Guernsey.

For bowel friendly nutrition information, exercise ideas, healthy food swaps and recipes to download go to www.bowelcancerguernsey.org