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Free Health Checks This Week

AS part of the national men’s health week (14-20 June 2010) campaign, NHS South West Essex will be out and about offering men over 40 a free NHS Health Check in Pitsea, Vange, Basildon, Grays and South Ockendon.

Aimed at 40 to 74 year olds who don’t have an existing diagnosis of heart disease, stroke, diabetes or chronic kidney disease, the check assesses the risk of developing these diseases so that action can be taken to reduce the risk where it is high.

It is based on straightforward questions and measurements, such as age, sex, family history, height, weight and blood pressure. There is also a simple blood test – usually a pin prick – to measure your cholesterol level.

Look out for the Vitality mobile unit at the following venues, where men will be able to access help and advice:

Monday 14 June 2010
10:00-18:30, Pitsea Tesco, Basildon, SS13 3JU

Tuesday 15 June 2010
AM 10:00-13:00, Exeter Close, Craylands Estate, SS14 3QT
PM 14:00-16:30, St Trinities Church, Clay Hill Road, Vange, SS16 4AD

Wednesday 16 June 2010
09:30- 18:30, Basildon Town Centre, SS14 1DL

Thursday 17 June 2010
10:00-18:30, Morrisons car park, London Road, Grays Town Centre, RM17 5XZ

Friday 18 June 2010
AM 10:00-13:00, Tilbury Market
PM 14:00-16:30, Derwent Parade, South Ockendon, RM15 5EE

Saturday 19 June 2010
10:00-18:30, Pitsea Tesco, Basildon, SS13 3JU

NHS South West Essex hopes that men, who have traditionally neglected their health and can be reluctant to seek health and advice, will take the opportunity to have the check, and maybe change their lifestyles.

Dr Kishor Padki, consultant in public health medicine at NHS South West Essex says: “Men’s health has always remained poorer than that of women. 40% of men still die before they reach the age of 75. Heart disease kills more men than women and develops up to 10 – 15 years earlier in men.

“Men are twice as likely to develop and die from common cancers than women and are more likely to eat a poor diet, drink more alcohol and have higher smoking rates. Sadly, the suicide rate for younger men is still high and higher for men in deprived areas.Men tend to see the doctor less frequently and are more likely to ignore early symptoms of disease.

“But it doesn’t have to be like this. Small lifestyle changes can make a big difference. For example, men of all ages could improve the quantity and quality of physical exercise that they take. Enjoyable and sociable exercise, such as walking, cycling and swimming will not only get them in good shape but improve their health and reduce illness.”

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