West Leeds: Time to take up a health check

12 March 2018

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Leeds City Council are encouraging people in West Leeds to take up the opportunity to receive their free NHS health check.

In Leeds, there are over 200,000 people aged between 40 -74 without a pre-existing cardiovascular conditions who are eligible to receive one.

More than 54% of people have attended their NHS Health Check already, between 2011 and 2016. As a result of these checks, over 114,000 people have been given a diagnosis or found to be at high risk of cardiovascular disease. They will now be reviewed on an annual basis and supported to make lifestyle changes to help reduce their risk factors.

The NHS Health Check is an important step for many people towards improving their health and becoming more aware of what they can do to lead a healthier life. The NHS Health Check can help lower people’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of dementia.

Ian Cameron, Director of Public Health commented:

“It is fantastic to see that so many people are taking action to reduce their risk of developing some serious conditions.
“The success of the programme in Leeds is testament to the commitment of local authorities and the NHS; working together to ensure the check is easily accessible for those that need it most.”

The NHS Health Check invites adults in England, aged 40 to 74, for a free health assessment once every five years which aims to identify those at risk of serious, but potentially avoidable conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

For further information visit the NHS website.


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