If you’re aged 40 to 74 you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check.
It’s a great way to get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active.
It checks some of your body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and it helps to spot any potential problems before they cause real damage. Your blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI will all be checked and your results given to you.
It will also help you find out what might be suitable for you.
What is an NHS Health Check?
The NHS Health Check is a free check-up of your overall health. It can tell you whether you’re at higher risk of getting certain health problems, such as:
- heart disease
- kidney disease
If you’re over 65, you will also be told the signs and symptoms of dementia to look out for.
If you’re aged 40-74 and you haven’t had a stroke, or you don’t already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease, you should have an NHS Health Check every five years.
Find out more about NHS Health Checks in Bromley.
Your NHS Health Check results and action plan
Your physical activity score
As part of your NHS Health Check, your physical activity level will be measured and you will be given a score that is calculated using an internationally validated tool.
There is good evidence that taking part in moderate, or vigorous, physical activity every day can reduce your risk of over 20 different health conditions, from diabetes to dementia, as well as improve the management and reduce the risk of complications of many common conditions such as high blood pressure.
The Chief Medical Officer recommends that adults and older people take part in 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity every week, as well as regular muscle-strengthening exercise and reducing the amount of sedentary activity.
If you are interested in increasing the amount of physical activity you do, you can use the links below find ways of gradually increasing your activity: