10,000 sign up for free health checks

Published: Saturday 6th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Free NHS checks offered to people between 40 and 74 across the East Riding of Yorkshire have proved popular, with more than 10,000 people signing up for one.

The checks are in place to assess whether middle-aged and elderly people are at risk from heart disease, diabetes and dementia.

The checks, offered at community centres as well as hospitals and GP practices, provide people with support on stopping smoking, eating healthily and cutting alcohol consumption.

Though the scheme is in its early stages there is some evidence of positive results, with latest figures showing that 292 people have lost weight with help from the scheme, while 43 have stopped smoking.

Checks are being offered at the new East Riding Community Hospital in Beverley and some NHS GP practices as well as community health trainer shops, all East Riding of Yorkshire Council leisure centres and some pharmacies.

The checks are 20 to 30 minutes long, based on straightforward measurements including height, weight, age, blood pressure and questions about family history.

After this healthy lifestyle suggestions and options are discussed.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Saturday 6th December 2014 by The News Editor

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