IT was a real scorcher when Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust held its second HealthFest event as part of the Oxford Open Doors weekend.

Community dietitians David Wicksman, Patricia Shaw and Zoe Cottrell were available to inform more than 500 visitors of the importance of good hydration and how to spot when you need to take on more fluids.

The dietitians were at one of the 80 stalls and attractions set out at the Warneford Hospital in Headington on Saturday, all celebrating the theme of Living Well Through Activity.

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Opening the event David Walker, chairman of the trust, which employs more than 6,000 staff and provides mental and physical health services throughout Oxfordshire, told the crowds: “Today gives us a chance to celebrate the whole person. Minds are in bodies. Our physical being shapes our mental health. "Whether it’s cycling, walking or sport activity helps us live better and live longer.

“It’s not just physical activity either – wellbeing is enhanced by getting out, doing things with others especially things that have public benefit.

“Today also gives Oxford Health a great chance to show off these wonderful green grounds."

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HealthFest 2019 was supported by numerous organisations including: Aspire, Cyclox, Restore, Games4Families, Headington School, Age UK, the Old Fire Station, Guideposts, TalkingSpace Plus, Museum of Oxford, Smokefreelife Oxfordshire, Alzheimer’s Society, Achieve Oxfordshire, The Porch, South Central Ambulance Service, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Citizen’s Advice Oxford.