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Supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness month

Last weekend, Government of Jersey colleagues from Bowel Screening and Health Promotion Teams along with community partners from Family Nursing and Home Care and Jersey Ostomy Society were at Parkrun Jersey and Waterfront Junior Parkrun, teaching nearly 400 members of the public about the importance of keeping a healthy bowel, as part of our ongoing “Getting to the bottom of it” campaign for Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April.

A colourful and exciting inflatable tunnel – an inflatable bowel - was set up on the grass to allow the public to walk through, see visually and experience the amazing digestive system and to learn about keeping healthy and preventing cancers, polyps and poor bowel health.

On Saturday, Les Quennevais sports centre hosted a diverse variety of 285 walkers, joggers and runners, as well as 18 volunteers.  On Sunday, Waterfront Junior parkrun (for 4-14 year olds) hosted almost 90 children, many of whom eagerly guided their parents through the tunnel.

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society donated bananas to distribute, encouraging crowds to make healthy choices and Jersey Development Company were delighted to permit use of Le Jardins de la Mer.

This event was an opportunity to teach that simple healthy choices like getting active, stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol and making healthy food choices can half the risk of bowel cancers and that healthy behaviours could save you or those you care about.

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