VIDEO: Smoothie bike helps launch NHS Lincolnshire healthy choices campaign
A new campaign from NHS Lincolnshire has been launched to tell service users 'It's OK to ask' about health and wellbeing.
Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is designed to make use of the contact NHS staff get with patients to try and tackle issues such as smoking, excessive drinking, healthy eating and weight loss.
The message to the public is that when they visit NHS services they may be asked about their lifestyles.
Consultant in Public Health Teresa Roche said: “NHS staff have been trained to have lifestyle conversations with the public.
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"Now they want to let patients and the public know that they may be asked about their lifestyle.
“MECC is just about increasing opportunities and offering support if and when people are ready to make a lifestyle change.
"It is important to understand that if people are not ready to change a lifestyle behaviour at that time it is fine.”
The Smoothie Bike was on hand at the launch event on Lincoln's High Street, on January 9, to get people interested in making healthy choices.
The bike uses pedal power to operate a blender and is normally used at bike breakfasts run in schools across the county by cycling charity SUSTRANS.
Vincent Gibson from the charity said: "This is just a standard folding bike and just as an old dynamo would have worked, a spindle is powered from the back wheel which moves the blades on the blender.
"I made one myself but the kids are so enthusiastic at school that they broke it, so this is an industrial strength one from America.
"It depends on how fast you are as to how long it takes to make a smoothie but if you give yourself a few minutes on the bike you should be fine, the perfect thing to wake you up in the morning."