Going bananas to encourage healthy eating

A Healthy Living Initiative in Guide Post as part of the World Cancer Research Fund's Cancer Awareness Week.  Amanda Whitfield is with 'Bananaman' Rob May.
A Healthy Living Initiative in Guide Post as part of the World Cancer Research Fund's Cancer Awareness Week. Amanda Whitfield is with 'Bananaman' Rob May.

STAFF at two health centres went bananas to raise awareness of cancer and the need for early diagnosis.

Workers at the Women’s Health Advice Centre in Ashington and the Healthy Living Centre in Choppington handed out apples and oranges and offered free check-ups to mark Fruity Friday.

The event was held by the World Cancer Research Fund as part of its annual Cancer Prevention Week.

Staff at the centre in Ashington swapped their usual work clothes for yellow t-shirts while visitors to Choppington’s centre were greeted by a giant banana.

Fruity Friday is held to educate people about the link between diet and cancer prevention, as well as raising money for the fund’s research and education programmes.

As well as providing information on cancer and handing out fruit, visitors were also able to get a free health check.

Natalie Tarrant, a senior fundraising manager at the fund, added: “The centres are a great example of how people are having a fun day at work while still getting across the important message about cancer prevention.”