How are you? It’s a question we all get asked - probably several times a day - by friends, relatives and colleagues.
And while it’s tempting to respond automatically with ‘fine’ ‘ok’ or ‘all right’, wouldn’t it be better to know for sure?
That’s why St Helens Council has teamed up with local GPs and Bridgewater Community Health Care to promote the FREE NHS Checks that are available for all residents between the ages of 40 and 74.
Liz Gaulton, St Helens Council’s Director of Public Health said: “Even though you may be feeling great, you could still be at risk from a range of illnesses including dementia, diabetes, kidney disease or strokes.
“The free check focuses on prevention and early detection of the risk factors that can make a difference to overall health. These include smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, blood pressure, blood fats and alcohol.”
The health checks give you the advice and support that help you adjust your lifestyle, reduce the risks and stay healthy. They’re easy, straightforward and are carried out by a trained health care professional.
They include a range of questions about your general health, lifestyle and family history. Simple measurements such as height, weight, blood pressure and pulse will be taken to look for signs, symptoms and risk factors for a number of diseases.
They’re painless and straightforward - but can make a real difference.
Once the health check is completed, everyone will be provided with health advice and support based on the results. If necessary, they will be referred to other specialists for treatment or other interventions.
Contact your GP to book yours today, or book one with the Health Improvement Team on 0300 300 0103.
For more information, visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/healthchecks