Men’s Health Week
You probably take your car for its annual MOT. You may even have your boiler serviced every year – even if it’s working perfectly well. But how often do you make time to book yourself a thorough health check to ensure everything is running smoothly?
If you are more than 40 years old, you may be eligible for a free health check with the NHS. And more than a year into the pandemic, what better time to enquire?
The service can check your wellbeing and assess you for risks for certain health problems.
Health checks take 20-30 minutes and the health professional, often a nurse or healthcare assistant, will ask you some questions about your lifestyle, family history, measure your height and weight, take your blood pressure and complete a blood test.
Health checks will usually be at a GP surgery or local pharmacy, but it could happen at your local library, leisure centre or be offered from a mobile unit. Some pharmacies also offer free health checks so it is worth asking locally or checking online if they can help.
The NHS is open – putting off necessary checks or treatment may pose a long-term risk to your health.
Once you've had a health check, the healthcare professional will discuss the results with you. You'll be given personalised advice to help you lower your risk and maintain or improve your health. This could include talking about:
- how to improve your diet and the amount of physical activity you do
- taking medicines to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol
- how to lose weight or stop smoking
You do not have to wait until then to make healthy changes.
This workplace poster can help you to promote availability of the free NHS health check.
First Class Support
The First Class Support service is completely confidential and independent. Visit www.rmgfirstclasssupport.co.uk or download the ‘Lifeworks’ app to access health assessments, tailored support programmes and content.
Call 0345 266 5060 or use the online chat facility via the website or app if you would like to talk to someone about any physical or mental health-related matter, for lifestyle advice, or for direct access to counselling treatments.
New users of the website or app can sign up using a unique invitation code, which is ‘RMG-‘ and your payroll number, for example RMG-12345678.
The RMG network has 37 on site gyms. Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a gym near you (coronavirus restrictions permitting).
For a range of health and wellbeing benefits, including discounted gym memberships and exercise classes as well as the cycle2work scheme, visit My Bundle or access via PSP. If you need help please call 0345 60 60 603.