Council chiefs launching free health check campaign

Prevention: County Coun Azhar Ali
Prevention: County Coun Azhar Ali
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Lancashire council chiefs are launching a campaign to encourage more people aged between 40 and 74 to take up the free checks.

The checks, which are offered by 90 per cent of GPs, target the top seven causes of preventable death: high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption.

Previous campaigns have resulted in a 22 per cent increase in the number of people going for checks between January and March this year and campaigners are hoping to see another increase this time.

County Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “In Lancashire, as in the rest of the country, many people are dying earlier than they should or suffering from years of poor health which could be avoided.

“The checks are about preventing problems such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and kidney disease. These are all potentially life-threatening, but treatable if caught early, so it’s important you are checked out by your doctor – if not for yourself, do it for those you love who rely on you.

“We’re pleased that 74 per cent of people who were invited for a health check took up the offer, but we want to encourage even more people to get the checks from their GP.”

Doctors will write to their patients inviting them for a free health check as part of the ongoing programme over the next five years.

For more information about the health checks, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/health.