Essex County Council employees have been taking advantage of a specially adapted mobile unit offering free NHS Health Checks.
The unit is outside County Hall, Chelmsford, from 1 – 7 February, and currently giving employees aged 40 – 74 the chance to find out their risk of heart disease and diabetes. As well as undergoing a cholesterol test, blood pressure check and BMI calculation participants get advice and support on healthy lifestyles and ensures treatment is provided if a health issue is found.
Anglia Community Enterprise (ACE) is commissioned to provide the outreach service, which is also open to members of the public.
The initiative comes just weeks after the launch of Essex County Council’s newest weight management campaign, Essex Weighs In, which challenges the norm that being overweight is not a problem, and promotes simple realistic changes within the community that can create a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member for Communities and Healthy Living, said: “While everyone eligible can have their check at a GP practice, we recognise that taking time off work to do that can be difficult. Our employees are the face of Essex, and we are committed to ensuring they lead the way in promoting health and wellbeing.
“The service is also available to members of the public, and I encourage anyone who is in the area to make an appointment. Just a 20 minute health check can make all the difference to quality of life and many avoidable diseases.”
“NHS Health Checks and Essex Weighs In work together to offer a one-stop shop for people wanting to improve their health and wellbeing and make that life-changing decision to increase their activity levels and lead a healthier lifestyle. Once people have received their results I recommend creating a personalised health profile on www.essexweighsin.com to track their progress.”
The unit will is outside County Hall, Chelmsford, until Sunday 7th February and runs from 9am – 5pm. Anyone aged 40 – 74 can book an appointment at this location, or find out about other upcoming Essex locations, by calling 0800 022 4524 (option 4) or emailing email@example.com