Switch on to the Virtual Health Mela on Saturday 14th November at 2.00 pm!


Search – ‘Virtual Health Mela – NFHW – You Tube’

Background to the 2020 Virtual Health Mela

Originally planned by the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW) to take place in April of this year, the traditional event was reluctantly cancelled because of the COVID 19 outbreak. Our ‘virtual’ version is designed to ensure that the tradition of an annual event in Preston is maintained and to explore some of the special opportunities offered by this exciting new format.

You are cordially invited to be part of the Health Mela experience.

The magic of the internet means that, whether as an old or new friend of the Health Mela, you now have the opportunity to visit the 2020 event from the comfort and security of your own home (or anywhere else with access to a PC, smartphone or tablet!). You only have to log on to the proceedings to open your personal gateway giving easy access to the wide range of health related information, advice and entertainment the Mela has to offer.

If you can’t join us live this year, don’t worry! – you can still watch recordings of the day on our You Tube site for several weeks after the event – details below.

How do I get into the Mela?

That’s easy! Simply use the link above or search the web for ‘Virtual Health Mela-NFHW-You Tube’ on the day (Saturday, 14th November) for a prompt start at 2.00 pm. If you can’t make it then, or if you wish to review some of the presentations again later, you can visit at a more convenient time. Return as often as you wish in the following weeks.

Programme for the day

The focus of the programme is on ‘Living Safely with the Corona Virus’. The day’s proceedings open with a welcome from NFHW Chair, Professor Romesh Gupta OBE followed by a keynote introduction by Chief Guest Professor Maggie Rae, President of the Faculty of Public Health. These will be followed by a series of short presentations from partner organisations on topics related to the day’s theme. Topics include the management of diabetes and hypertension, the significance of exercise and nutrition, COVID 19 and BAME communities, mental health issues etc., etc.

What can I expect to find at the Mela?

You will discover a wealth of sound advice and helpful information from friendly experts representing voluntary organisations supported by health professionals from Health Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups. Together they will combine to provide insights and guidance to help you and your family achieve a healthy and happy life – style in these troubling times. To complement all the advice and information available, there will be entertainment and competitions to keep younger members of the family involved.

A message from our Chair

Dear Friends,

My colleagues and I are delighted to invite you to come and join us at the 19th Preston Health Mela in its new and exciting format. Please bear in mind that this is our first attempt to work in a new medium and forgive us for any shortcomings you may notice! It will be of no surprise to you that we have chosen as our theme this year, ‘Living Safely with the Corona Virus’ and we hope that you will find much of the content relevant and helpful in the present, trying circumstances. Now more than at any time we need to make that extra effort to preserve and enhance the health and wellbeing of our families and communities. We hope that you enjoy the new Mela experience. Please let us know what you think of it

Keep safe.

With warmest best wishes.

Romesh Gupta OBE

Chair, National Forum for Health and Wellbeing


For additional information please contact either

Sarifa Kabir

Hon. Secretary



Derek Ormerod

Hon. Public Relations Officer