The NHS Health Check programme helps people to stay healthy for longer
The NHS Health Check programme is a national preventative programme to support people to stay healthy for longer. These free NHS Health Checks are available once every five years to anyone aged between 40 and 74 with no pre-existing cardiovascular condition.
You are eligible for a free NHS Health Check if:
If you have a current health concern please do not wait, contact your GP to discuss.
Find out where you can get a free NHS Health Check
NHS Health Check
You can email the Somerset NHS Health Check team – NHSHealthChecks@somerset.gov.uk
The NHS Health Check programme will assess your risk of developing cardiovascular disease over the next 10 years. Cardiovascular disease includes:
Together, these conditions are the largest cause of death (about a third of all deaths) in the UK. These diseases each affect the body in different ways, but all five are linked by a common set of risk factors. Your risk of developing cardiovascular disease increases with age. However, there are certain things that will put you at even greater risk. These are:
80% to 90% of the risk of developing cardiovascular disease is due to lifestyle. Having one of these conditions can increase your risk of developing another.
You can find information about cardiovascular disease and how you can reduce your risk on the NHS Choices website.
Current guidelines say that adults should be regularly active for 150 minutes of moderate activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. And children should be active for at least 60 minutes each day.
To find activities near you visit www.healthysomerset.co.uk/zing-somerset-community-support/
You can find support and information on the Health Trainer service, and the Somerset Exercise Referral Scheme on the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website.
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