Check your Body is Winter Ready with a -
Free Health ‘MOT’
Residents aged 40 to 74 are being encouraged
to have a free ‘health MOT’ to check they are fit for the coming
winter and beyond.
Free NHS Health Checks are available to over
40s who aren’t currently diagnosed with a long-term condition like
diabetes or high blood pressure.
This 20 minute check assesses your risk of
developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease
and dementia – conditions that can often be prevented.
Your risk of developing these health
conditions is calculated by taking measurements such as your
height, weight and cholesterol level and asking questions about
your lifestyle and family medical history. Taking this information
also means that you can be offered personalised advice on how to
reduce your risk.
Cllr Maurice Jones, Executive Member for
Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “Many of us make the
effort to make sure that our cars are winter-ready, but our busy
lives often mean that our own health is at the bottom of our list
“An NHS Health Check is like an MOT for your
body - it makes sure that some of your body’s most important
systems are all running smoothly and can help spot any potential
problems before they cause real damage, helping you stay healthy
Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for
Public Health at Bedford Borough Council, said of her own NHS
Health Check experience: ‘Like many people I have a busy life
balancing family and work, and I probably don’t think about my own
‘At my Health Check I was able to sit down
with an expert and talk about the small lifestyle changes that I
can make to stay healthy.’
If you are eligible, your local GP surgery
will invite you for an NHS Health Check once every five years, but
you don’t have to wait for an invite – you can also contact your GP
surgery to find out more about how to make an appointment.
For more information about NHS Health Checks