The 20-30 minutes checks, which are funded by Cambridgeshire County Council will include monitoring blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and lifestyle factors that influence health.
By booking a check, residents could find out their risks for getting heart or kidney disease, diabetes or stroke in the future and they will be given advice on how to reduce their risk. Those aged over 65 are also told about the signs and symptoms of dementia.
Susan van de Ven , Vice Chair of Adults and Health Committee for Cambridgeshire County Council , said: “We aim to deliver over 20,000 NHS Health Checks every year across Cambridgeshire. This is a great opportunity to find out early if you are at risk of a stroke, diabetes, a heart attack, or many other life-threatening conditions. By finding out early, before serious damage is done, you could potentially make lifestyle changes that would massively reduce, your risk of developing a disability or dying early as a result of these conditions.”
If you’re aged between 40-74 and do not currently have a long-term health condition you should have an NHS Health Check every five years. Call or visit your GP now to get your Free NHS Health Check. For more information about Heath Checks, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-health-check
If you cannot find time for your FREE NHS Health check at your GP Surgery, book it with your local Healthy You service at www.healthyyou.org.uk/health-checks, call on 0333 005 0093 or text: healthyu to 60777.
A resident who recently had an NHS health check which identified areas of concern in relation to blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, joined the Healthy You Weight Management Course. Here's what they had to say: "The advice from the Health You service has provided me with the knowledge to ensure I follow a balanced diet and reduce my portion sizes. I have also increased how much I exercise and now feel more fitter and more healthy having lost 10kg in 4 months. The course provided me with the information and encouragement to make personal choices to allow me to improve my health and fitness and which foods I should try to reduce and avoid."