Get fit with a free body MOT

Blood pressure helps gauge fitness levels
Blood pressure helps gauge fitness levels

Families are being urged to make the most of free NHS health checks and make steps towards a healthier body.

Health checks help make sure the body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and allows people to improve their health.

Free 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 body mass index (BMI) will all be checked and people will also be asked some simple questions about their family history and any medication they are taking.

They will then get tailored advice on how to lower any risks and stay healthy.

Councillor Robin Brown, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “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.”

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