Isle residents aged from 40 to 74 can have free health checks close to home at the end of this month.
The service is for people not being treated for pre-existing medical conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, kidney disease, heart problems or diabetes.
Drop-in sessions are held at handy locations such as leisure or community centres, libraries, working men’s clubs and at workplaces.
Dates are planned for Keadby and Epworth, along with Scunthorpe clinics.
A nurse will check your blood pressure, pulse, weight and height, cholesterol, waist measurements, bmi and ask a series of lifestyle questions about your activity levels and diet.
You are then given a score for your risk of developing heart disease over the next 10 years and offered advice and support for preventing this.
Vicky Smith, health checks co-ordinator, said: “By carrying out basic checks it helps us spot people who could have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease. Not only do we do all the tests on the day but you get your results there and then with an explanation as to what they mean.”
The health checks nurse can refer people to services including health trainers and GPs. They can also signpost to other services that might be useful.
Councillor Rob Waltham said: “It’s important that people get checked as it could identify any potential health risks. If they then follow the advice of professionals it could improve people’s chances of living a healthier life.
“The check only takes about 30 minutes.”
Between April and June 2013, 210 people took up the chance of a free health check.
One 63-year-old woman who recently had a health check, but who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I had some initial anxiety which was soon quelled by the friendliness of the team who put me at ease and did not make me feel guilty about my lifestyle. The team made some constructive suggestions to improve my health and I came away feeling motivated to make changes.”
The sessions are on a drop-in basis from 10am to 4pm unless stated otherwise, with an appointments system planned in the near future.
Sessions are on September 27, noon to 6pm, Keadby Working Mens Club, October 1, Central Library, Scunthorpe, October 2, Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort, October 8, Epworth Youth Centre (10-3pm), October 15, Robert Holme Hall, Scunthorpe General Hospital.
For more information call 01724 292170.