LEICESTER, Mass. — The Leicester Board of Health will conduct a community health assessment by polling individuals attending Wednesday's Concert on the Common to find out what prominent health issues are of greatest concern to residents.
The concert will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
As part of the Central Massachusetts Regional Public Health Alliance, the assessment is being done in Leicester and surrounding towns to engage as many people as possible in discussion about what health issues and relevant topics are important to them and the communities in which they live, said Darlene Coyle, Leicester's Board of Health agent.
The Board of Health surveyed residents during last week's concert as well, and Coyle said many people discussed concerns aboutcars speeding down their street, or the cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis being reported in the state.
"Heart disease and high cholesterol were some of the leading issues, as well as diabetes," she added.
Coyle said the feedback and data obtained will be integrated in the assessment and will assist in implementing changes in a community health improvement plan to help make the community healthier.
For those who will not be in attendance at Wednesday's concert, surveys are also available at the Leicester Town Hall in both the Board of Health and at the Town Clerk's offices.
"We had a very positive response at our last concert and hope to continue gathering information," she added. "We look forward to participating in this community event and engaging those who will attend."