Healthy? Check it out
Having your NHS Health Check and the results recorded is not something many of us would contemplate, but the Cabinet Member for Community Engagement at Bucks County Council, Gareth Williams, has done just that.
In an effort to encourage people, especially men aged 40-50, to go to their appointment he filmed his NHS Health Check to find out and share what really goes on.
He said: ‘I eat pretty healthily, do a bit of walking with my dogs and generally feel fine. I’m also pretty busy so time is always tight and never having had a health check before, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
‘I arrived for the health check with my trainers and shorts ready to do star jumps but was quickly reassured that this was not the case.
‘Hannah, my health check professional, talked me through each step of the process and made sure I was aware of what all my results meant. They revealed that there are things I should do to continue feeling fit and well. It was really interesting seeing my health scores and I was also surprised to find out there is such a thing as good cholesterol.
‘Clearly prevention is key, and going to a Free NHS Health Check offer is an effective and quick way to make sure you stay well for longer. I strongly encourage other people, men in particular, to go along.’
You can see Gareth’s NHS Health Check here.
The county council have been working closely with the NHS to encourage eligible people to take up the offer of a free health check.
Public Health Practitioner Lesley Manning agreed. She said: ‘GPs ask patients to come to the surgery for an NHS Health Check. If you’re invited, please go along, as it really could save your life. Evidence shows that an unchecked, unhealthy lifestyle can store up serious trouble for the future.
‘With the risk of heart disease, diabetes, dementia and stroke increasing over the age of 40, a 20-minute NHS Health Check can help spot the early warning signs.
‘If you don’t have a GP or find it difficult to fit around your working hours you can also visit livewellstaywellbucks.co.uk to register and check eligibility. You can then book an appointment at a time and place to suit.’
To be eligible for a health check, you must:
- Be aged between 40 and 74;
- Be a Bucks resident or have a Bucks GP;
- Not been diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or had a stroke;
- Not had an NHS Health Check in the past five years.