14 June 2016

Men are being encouraged to think about their health and wellbeing as part of national Men’s Health Week 2016 (13 to 19 June).

What is Men's Health Week?

Men's Health Week focuses on healthy living for men, challenging them to look after their relationships and wellbeing, not smoke, drink sensibly, be active, watch their weight and turn up to their NHS Health Check.

NHS Health Checks are available to most people aged between 40 and 74, who don’t already have an existing vascular condition that is already being taken care of by their GP.

They are like a midlife MOT, even if people are feeling well now, it’s a chance to check that some of their body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and allows them to be better prepared for the future and to be able to take steps to maintain or improve their health.

They only take around 20 to 30 minutes and during this time blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI will all be checked. People will also be asked some simple questions about their family history and any medication they are taking.

After the health check they will taken through the results and given personalised advice on how to lower any risks and stay healthy.

Councillor Sylvia Hughes, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: “Men’s Health Week is the perfect time to remind local men about the importance of a free NHS health check.

“Making sure you don’t miss out on a free NHS health check if you are entitled to one is a really easy way to improve your chances of living a healthier life. Even if you’re feeling fit and well, it’s worth getting checked over to help lower the risk of certain conditions developing in the future.

“It takes less than half an hour to have the health check, and can make a real difference to your health and wellbeing.

“And after your health check, if you need some help to improve your health and wellbeing, you can contact the First for Wellbeing service for support.”

Anyone interested in getting a free health check can visit The health checks page to check if they are eligible or contact their GP surgery for more information.

First for Wellbeing offers a range of free health and wellbeing services including weight and alcohol management, stop smoking programmes and emotional wellbeing support. To find out more or to book a free assessment visit www.firstforwellbeing.co.uk.