Big take-up by residents for health MOT

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A TOTAL of 7,697 Wigan people took advantage of a free NHS Health Check in 2014/15.

The 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. It can help lower people’s risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of dementia.

Prof Kate Ardern, director of Public Health, said: “It is fantastic to see that so many people in Wigan borough are taking action to reduce their risk of developing some serious conditions. The success of the programme in Wigan borough 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 aged 40 to 74 for a free health assessment which aims to identify those at risk of serious, but potentially avoidable conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Coun Keith Cunliffe, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “As part of The Deal, which is revolutionising the way we run our services, we are calling on people to take better care of themselves.

“The NHS Health Check provides a real opportunity for people to take control of their own health and it is encouraging to see so many people in Wigan Borough actively engaging in this. Through partnerships with GPs, pharmacies and community groups we can reach the people that would benefit most from the check. ”

The NHS Health Check interactive website provides information about what happens at the NHS Health Check, when and how to get one, and how to lower your risk.

For details visit http://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Health-Social-Care/Adults/Looking-after-yourself-and-keeping-healthy/Find-and-Treat-Health-Check.aspx