Knowsley residents are taking steps to improve their health

Published on: Monday, 08-June-2015

An increasing number of residents in Knowsley are having their free NHS Health Check according to the latest figures.  Over the last six months, over 1,200 residents have visited their GP to have their free Health Check.

The NHS Health Check, available to 40 -74 year olds, is an important step for many people towards improving their health and wellbeing. Through relatively simple lifestyle changes, like healthy eating and being more physically active, people can lower their risk of developing serious, but preventable conditions such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and dementia.

The Health Check Practitioner will:

  • Ask some simple questions about things like family history and current lifestyle
  • Measure height and weight
  • Make a note of age, sex and ethnicity
  • Measure blood pressure
  • Check cholesterol with a simple blood test (finger prick test)

A health check could help to identify any conditions early, enabling residents to receive preventative treatment, which will ultimately add years on to people’s lives.

Cllr Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing, said “The Health Checks provide a real opportunity for people to take control of their own health and it is encouraging to see so many people in Knowsley actively engaging in this.  We know that by making a few simple changes in our behaviour and lifestyle can have a major positive impact on our health and wellbeing.  That is what the Health Check aims to do and I would encourage as many residents as possible, aged between 40-74 years, to arrange their appointment today.”

If you live in Knowsley and are aged between 40-74 years, call the Health Check Nurses on 0800 032 5821 or 07976 148 617.  They can advise if you meet the eligibility criteria and will also be able to book you in for a health check at your GP or a community venue.