Health “MOTs” on offer in Sunderland

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GET yourself checked out – that’s the message from health chiefs on Wearside.

People in Sunderland are being urged to take a free MOT at venues across the city to find out what shape they are in.

The NHS Health Check is designed to assess people’s risk of developing high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, stroke or diabetes.

These conditions are the number one cause of premature death in the North East.

However, experts say people are often unaware that they’ve developed a problem until it’s too late for something to be done.

The health check is also available from GP surgeries as well as selected pharmacies.

Nonnie Crawford, director of public health for Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust, called on those within the target age group to give the check a try.

She said: “I would urge men and women who are aged 40 to 74 to come and take advantage of the health check – it’s free, quick and painless.

“The NHS Health Check is all about improving people’s health and preventing the biggest killers such as heart attacks and strokes. It’s 20 minutes of your life which literally could be life-saving.”

If any health problems are found, people will be given advice on how to make suitable changes.

The check is based on questions and measurements such as age, family health history, height, weight and blood pressure.

A blood test to measure cholesterol is also included.

The roadshow will be visiting supermarkets and staff will man health check stands at community venues.

They will be able to carry out a health check for those who are eligible and give information to members of the public.

Those who take part will be entered into a prize draw to win two free annual passes to Riley’s Snooker Hall for two hours of pool or snooker.

The winners of the raffle will be drawn on the day of the roadshow visit.

Massage therapists will also be attending offering free hand, foot, head and back massages and refreshments, including alcohol-free “mocktails”, will be provided.

The latest Health Check roadshow will be at the Hetton Centre, Welfare Road, in Hetton, on Friday from 11am to 2pm.

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