Make sure you make use of free health checks

Health checks take less than 30 minutes
Health checks take less than 30 minutes

Northamptonshire County Council is urging eligible residents to make sure they take the opportunity to get their free NHS health check.

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia but these conditions can often be prevented.

Health checks are an opportunity to check that some of the body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and allow people to be able to take steps to maintain or improve their health.

Free health checks are available to most people aged between 40 and 74, who do not already have an existing vascular condition that is already being taken care of by their GP.

Blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI will all be checked and people will also be asked some simple questions about their family history and any medication they are taking. Afterwards they will get personalised advice on how to lower any risks and stay healthy.

Councillor Robin Brown, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: “At this time of year, lots of us think about our health and look to see what lifestyle changes we can make.

“One easy way to really improve your chances of living a healthier life is to make sure that you don’t miss out on a free NHS health check if you are entitled to one.

“Even if you’re feeling fit and well, it’s worth getting checked over to help lower the risk of certain conditions developing in the future.

“It takes less than half an hour to have the health check, and can make a real difference to your health and wellbeing.”

Those interested should visit www.northampton to check if they are eligible and get details of how to book. People can also contact their GP surgery.