Families in Thanet are being urged to get active during their shopping trips with a special roadshow and to make sure they don’t skip their opportunity for a free Health Check.
Skip2BFit is joining with Kent County Council and Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust from Saturday 25 April as part of the mobile health initiative designed to engage with individuals and communities and help them access services as part of the NHS Health Check programme.
Specially trained staff will look out for signs of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.
Older residents are a key target group as Andrew Scott-Clark, KCC Director of Public Health, explains: “Everyone aged between 40 and 74, who has not been diagnosed with any of these conditions, is invited every five years for an NHS Health Check but we know that people lead very busy lives and won’t necessarily have the opportunity – or feel they have the need – to be checked for underlying health issues.
“Roadshows allow us to get out into the community and we thank Skip2bFit for helping us to reach older residents through such a fun and fit activity as this, suitable for all the family – the message is don’t skip your Health Check!”
The Skip2bFit programme challenges people to try two minutes of skipping to see how fit they are. They use ropes that count the number of skips, all done to timed music tracks.
John McCormack from Skip2bFit said: “The challenge is for everybody, children and adults. It is a fun way of keeping fit and everybody over 40 having a go will be given their own free Skip2bfit rope to take home, which can be used for the whole family.
“Skipping for two minutes suddenly makes people think about their own well-being and working alongside partners allows us to direct them to the Health Improvement Team immediately. We are extremely proud to be working with the KCC Public Health team in raising awareness of people’s health in a fun way.”
Anne Ford, Assistant Director for Health Improvement at Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust added: “We are delighted to be involved in the Skip2bFit events as it means that while their children are busy getting active, parents can get a free on-the-spot NHS Health Check.
“The Health Check only takes around 20-30 minutes and can pick up the early signs of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.”
The NHS Health Check is a national programme which aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.
Everyone between the ages of 40 and 74, who has not already been diagnosed with one of these conditions or have certain risk factors, will be invited (once every five years) to have a check to assess their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes and will be given support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.
In Kent the programme is delivered by Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of Kent County Council.
For more info on Health Checks, go to www.kenthealthandwellbeing.nhs.uk/health-checks
The health MOT roadshow will be at Westwood Cross from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 25 April, 2 May and 9 May.