The NHS Health Check programme has been developed to prevent heart disease, diabetes, stroke and kidney disease. If you are aged 40-74 years and have not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions, you will be invited once every five years to have a Health Check to assess your risk of developing one of these diseases.
You will be given advice to help reduce or manage your risk of disease. The checks include height and weight measurement, body mass index (BMI), smoking status, alcohol screening, physical activity levels, family history of heart disease, blood pressure measurement, cholesterol measurement and a diabetes test as appropriate. In Shropshire you will be invited to have a Health Check by your GP.
We all know that we shouldn't be overweight, should not smoke, should do more exercise, should drink less - but what the NHS Health Check offers you is a chance, once every five years, to have a personal assessment of how your lifestyle choices are impacting on your health, particularly your Cardiovascular Health.
At your NHS Health Check you will be given advice about making small changes now that can stop you having a heart attack or stroke later. So, "When you get the Invite GO!"
More information can be found at www.healthcheck.nhs.uk, the main NHS Health Check Website. If you would like to see how you are, while you are waiting for your NHS Health Check, go to www.youngerhearts.co.uk.
This site looks at how old your heart is compared to your actual age, and highlights what you can do to reduce your Heart Age. The site will give links to local services that can help you.
Click the link above to read the full article about five plucky Shropshire volunteers who celebrated being selected as Health Check Champions and, to mark the occasion, disrobed to launch a poster and billboard campaign to promote a free NHS Health Check being offered through GP Practices.
To access the Professional Resources for NHS Health Checks, please click here.
If you would like further information, please consult the 'helpful links' section on this page.
It's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise. Age is not a barrier, neither is a medical condition.