NHS Health Checks
If you are aged 40 to 74, you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check. NHS Health Checks are designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.
If you’re in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a letter inviting you for a free NHS Health Check every five years. If you’ve not received a letter, contact your usual practice to make an appointment, or call the North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service on 01724 298212.
North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service:
The North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service makes it easier for local people to access help and support for a range of issues at once.
The service can also be accessed in a range of local settings such as local leisure centres, wellbeing hubs, children’s centres and some GP practices.
A team of friendly and knowledgeable Healthy Lifestyle Facilitators can support groups of people wanting to focus on the following:
- Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
- Stopping smoking
- Reducing alcohol use
- Being more physically active
- Increasing wellbeing, including mental and emotional health
- Training around health and wellbeing for those people who are interested in becoming trained as health champions
- Signposting to wider local supporting services
Everyone who is seen by the service will have a one-to-one assessment with one of our Healthy Lifestyle Facilitators who will then identify the best way to offer support.
Physical activity and keeping fit in North Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire has lots of great opportunities for you to take part in physical activity. Some sessions, groups or clubs are free or at a reduced cost, and many are based in the heart of our local communities enabling physical activity to be more accessible than ever before.
With various types of physical activity to choose from locally, there is something for everyone regardless of age, fitness level or interest. Opportunities to get active include:
- Leisure centres – Across five sites, providing a range of exercise, fitness and sports activities for adults and children
- Walking the Way to Health – Free and supportive group walks taking place across North Lincolnshire led by trained volunteers
- Community sports and physical activity – A range of opportunities across North Lincolnshire, from parkrun to yoga, cycling to dancing and football to aerobics
Walking the Way to Health
Walking the Way to Health is an initiative that aims to encourage you to walk in your own community.
Being physically active on a regular basis can significantly improve your health and fitness, and walking is ideal for building exercise into your everyday life. It is also a perfect way to see the natural environment around you.
The Walking the Way to Health Initiative in North Lincolnshire currently has led walks that are being run all over the county. All led walks are free and most are no longer than three miles each.
All of the walks are led and supported by at least two trained walk leaders, one with first aid equipment. Everybody is welcome to join any of the walks. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day and find one of the walk leaders (they will be wearing a high visibility vest).
You can see the latest timetable of walks on the Walking for Health website.
Heart 2 Heart is group of former heart patients who have joined together to help provide support for other heart patients and their carers in North Lincolnshire.
They are a warm, friendly group of people who share a common experience and who are determined to live as full a life as possible, whilst giving support whenever and wherever needed.
Learn more: http://www.scunthorpeheart2heart.org.uk/