Annual Summer School 2016

Finchley & Golders Green residents were invited to a free MOT health check-up on Thursday at Waitrose, Ballards Lane.

Mike Freer MP, who has been holding his annual Summer School for local students this week, teamed up with Waitrose to encourage people to become more self-aware of their personal health. 

Those who attended were able to be tested for high blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI. 

The issue of tackling obesity is high on the Government’s agenda and education and personal awareness are key elements in efforts to reduce rates of obesity.

Personal choice is a crucial factor in the obesity debate and the event aimed at getting people to understand how their current lifestyles and eating habits could be significantly impacting on their health.

Mr Freer decided to run (as part of his Summer School) a healthy living initiative because he felt it was important for his students to understand the responsibility of government to look out for the interests of the public’s health.

The healthy eating theme was a chance for young people to start to think about making individual choices about their health rather than relying on their parents.

Students were tasked with designing a leaflet advertising the event at Waitrose on Thursday and were then sent out to deliver them to local residents in the surrounding area.

Students taking part in the Summer School spent four days shadowing Mike and his staff to give them an insight into the role of an MP and what is required of them on a day-to-day basis.

Students were given a Parliamentary Tour; attended Treasury Questions, witnessing Philip Hammond’s debut at the despatch box as Chancellor and were also given an informative talk from Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central, about his time in the Whips’ Office.

At the end of the week, students split into teams to debate Trident in light of the vote that took place last Monday evening in favour of renewal.

Notes to Editor: The Summer School is open to constituents over the age of 16 studying, either at Sixth Form or University.