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NHS Health CheckPeople at risk of developing a range of serious health conditions are being urged to have an NHS Health Check, as part of a countywide campaign to help Norfolk residents live longer, healthier lives.

This year’s awareness-raising campaign by Norfolk County Council is being supported with radio, press and poster advertising across the county – encouraging people to look after their long-term health.

The key message for this year’s campaign is to look after your health, so you ‘don’t miss out on life’s precious moments’, such as: a new baby, graduation, wedding, or holiday of a lifetime. A quick and easy step towards achieving this is having a free NHS Health Check.

Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease or stroke – but the good news is they can often be prevented. Norfolk County Council Public Health funds NHS Health Checks for residents aged 40 to 74 who have not already been diagnosed with one of the above conditions.

An NHS Health Check takes up to 30 minutes and you can have a free health check once every five years. They are available in most GP surgeries and at over 50 pharmacies across Norfolk.

Under the scheme, many people will be automatically invited to their GP surgery to have a check, but you can also book an appointment yourself if you don’t want to wait. If your GP doesn’t offer a free NHS Health Check service, you can also book a check through participating pharmacies.

The health check records blood pressure, weight, cholesterol levels and blood sugar. This helps to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes.

Checks also include tailored lifestyle advice on heart disease risk factors such as: smoking, high blood pressure, alcohol consumption, high cholesterol, obesity, poor diet (including high salt intake) and physical inactivity.

This year’s NHS Health Checks campaign aims to reach Norfolk residents through a variety of targeted methods, including: digital advertising; print advertising in newspapers and magazines; and radio advertising on all commercial radios stations in Norfolk. Outdoor advertising includes: bus advertising, posters at petrol stations/convenience stores and on petrol pump nozzles.

Health checks will also be promoted outside participating pharmacies and GPs.

Norfolk’s health check programme started in 2010, with the number of GPs and pharmacies signing up to offer the checks increasing every year. Last year over 22,500 people in Norfolk had an NHS Health Check.

For more information about NHS Health Checks in Norfolk visit:
www.norfolkslivingwell.org.uk/nhshealthchecks

 

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