The Swaminarayan philosophy emphasises elevated thinking and pure, simple living, which encourages individuals to put ‘society before self’. Following this, and in celebration of World Health Day, health care professionals and volunteers from Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Bolton came together on Saturday 15th April for the Temples first ever health camp.

The day was a drop in session entailing that anyone could come along for a free health check-up between 11am and 3pm. Numerous Mandir disciples worked together to provide other disciples and community members with various medical services. All patients were provided with thorough body check-ups at several stations namely; 

•    Body composition
•    Electrocardiogram (ECG), 
•    Blood glucose testing, 
•    Blood pressure and 
•    Pulse oximeter  

After obtaining these tests, patients had the opportunity to have a private one-to-one consultation with one of four health care professionals who were wholly Mandir devotees. The results were reviewed with each patient confidentially. The tests gave rise to a number of undiagnosed conditions that otherwise wouldn’t have been discovered if it the health camp hadn’t taken place.

Hourly talks about Heart attacks/Strokes, Sepsis, Dementia and Hypoglycaemia were given. The presenters spoke about the different conditions in terms of the early warning signs, symptoms and plans of action if you think you or someone around you may be suffering from it. 

The event was a huge success, with attendees ranging in age from 18 to over 85 gaining personal and specific insights into their health, whether this was reassurance that they are generally healthy or realising that they need to see their GP about a condition they were unaware of. 

The health camp embodies the Mandir’s theme for the year, Gnan, The Sanskrit word Gnan translates to knowledge of all forms (spiritual and academic). The event was impartial in spreading knowledge through finding out about our own health as well as being educated and becoming aware about different illnesses that may affect our loved ones and us.