Bute residents encouaged to ‘Keep Well’

People living in Highland aged between 40 and 64 are being encouraged to take up an offer of a free health check.

The Keep Well programme is designed to help people get fit by learning about healthy eating, coping with stress and the health and financial benefits of quitting smoking.

At your health check, you will have your cholesterol and body weight measured and have a reading of your blood pressure before the staff have a chat with you about a number of issues regarding your health and well-being.

NHS Highland public health practitioner, Serena Ferguson, said: “These check-ups are key to helping people of a certain age understand the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

“Factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol significantly reduce quality of life and bring with them serious health warnings.

“What we aim to do is help identify any health issues and advise people how to make changes to their daily routine to boost their health and well-being.

“Also, by discussing healthy eating and encouraging them to quit smoking, we can provide them with the tools to achieve a healthy bank balance as well.”

To register for your free health check, contact NHS Highland Public Health Practitioner, Serena Ferguson on serena.fergsuon @ nhs.net (remove spaces from email address) or for further information, including patient stories, visit www.keepwellscotland.com or call the NHS inform helpline on 0800 22 44 88.