HARTLEPOOL residents are being urged to take part in a vital health MOT after statistics revealed they were living up to seven years less than the national average.
The Sports Domes, in Hartlepool, has teamed up with NHS Tees to provide free check-ups for residents to help improve their health and well-being as well as reduce their chances of developing heart disease.
A quick check-up assessing an individual’s heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and Body Mass Index (BMI), along with audits of their alcohol in-take, diet and fitness levels can help to identify risk factors while suggesting ways to improve their health.
The Sports Domes, at Seaton Carew, is hosting two days of free mini health checks this month for people looking to kick start a healthy 2014.
The majority of the assessments will be conducted by qualified nurses and are available to anyone aged over 18 who lives or works in Teesside.
They take place throughout the day on Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12, and depending on which check you qualify for, take no longer than half an hour.
Mark Price, manager of the Fitness Zone at The Sports Domes, said: “Hartlepool is one of the worst areas in the country for premature deaths.
“Taking just 30 minutes out of your day to get a health check could literally add years to your life.
“Why on earth wouldn’t you invest half an hour in your health now to get years back further down the line?
“Many risks can be picked up in these quick health checks and I would urge as many people as possible to make 2014 a year of health and fitness.”
Figures from Public Health England reveal that out of 150 areas ranked nationally from low to high, Hartlepool is ranked 131st for premature deaths.
A spokesman for NHS Tees added: “Many people do not realise they are at risk of heart disease or having a stroke until it is too late.
“But there is substantial evidence that if we can only identify those at risk early enough, support them through lifestyle changes and improve their access to treatment, then we can have a dramatic effect on the health of the local population.”
Those wanting to under-go a health MOT can call (01429) 800570 to guarantee a slot, otherwise bookings can be taken on the day subject to availability.