All local men are being encouraged to take a moment to think about their own health this week.
June 15 -21 is National Men’s Health Week, a national campaign aimed at encouraging men to take charge of their health, and staff at York-Road-based-charity Hartlepool Families First want local men to take note.
Even if you are feeling well, it is worth having your NHS Health Check now.Dr Charles Brash
Men are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol to dangerous levels and to be overweight or obese and it’s this kind of lifestyle that can lead to developing a serious disease.
The organisation, which this year celebrates its 27th anniversary, provides the Health Bus service that tours the town throughout the week offering a wide range of health services and information.
The Health Bus Service has the backing of a senior GP in Hartlepool, Dr Charles Brash.
Dr Brash said: “Hartlepool Families First provides an excellent service through the Health Bus because it makes it easier for residents to get quick, easy advice about their health needs.
“Even if you are feeling well, it is worth having your NHS Health Check now. Making lifestyle changes as early as possible reduces your chances of developing serious, life-limiting-conditions such as heart disease and strokes in the future”.
As part of the service, residents aged 40 to 75 are offered the Free NHS Health Check, known locally as the Healthy Heart Check. Those residents aged 25 to 39, are offered the Mini Health Check.
The NHS Health Check is a national screening programme aimed at identifying and reducing an individual’s risk of developing cardiovascular illnesses in the next 10 years (this includes heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease). Hartlepool men are being advised to jump aboard the Health Bus and take charge of their health.
There is no appointment needed for the Health Bus, simply call on when it is around town.
The service moves around the town each day and can be found in the following locations:
10.00am to 12.00noon: Fens Shops, Catcote Road
12.30pm to 2.30pm – Seaton Front
10.00am to 12.00noon: Marlowe Road, near the Catholic Club
12.30pm to 2.30pm: Iceland Stores, Winterbottom Avenue
10.00am to 12.00noon: ASDA, Marina Way
12.30pm to 2.30pm: Throston Grange Shops, Wiltshire Way
10.00am to 12.00noon: Villiers Street, near the Central Library
12.30pm to 2.30pm: The Headland opposite the Borough Hall
For further information on the work of Hartlepool Families First, visit the website at www.hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk or contact the Manager on 01429 867016.