Free health checks on offer for the over 40s

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Free health checks are being offered to those aged 40 -74.

As part of a campaign, Stay Healthy for Those You Love, from Lancashire County Council, residents are being urged to take up the offer of free health checks when invited by their local GP surgery.

County Councillor Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We know a lot of people are worried about going to the doctor and getting themselves checked out – but most of the time they will not discover anything serious.

“The check will take less than 20 minutes and will look at your lifestyle, weight, family medical history, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.”

And even if you don’t feel you need to do it for themselves, do it for those you love.

The Department of Health has introduced yearly health checks for 40- to 74 year-olds following research that shows they could save as many as 650 lives each year in England.