Keeping hearts healthy: Check-ups to be held in Sevenoaks
By kentsussex | Monday, February 11, 2013, 16:17
Sevenoaks residents are being offered free health and wellbeing checks and advice as part of National Heart Month.
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Sevenoaks District Council will be attending Sencio's Community Games event to provide free health checks to those aged between 40 and 74.
People who live in the West Kent area, who have not had a health check in the last five years, can just turn up and be checked out for free on the day.
Residents will also have access to expert advice on how to maintain a healthy heart at White Oak Leisure Centre in Swanley on Sunday 17 February and Sevenoaks Leisure Centre on Sunday 24 February between 10am and 3pm.
National Heart Month aims to raise awareness of the UK's biggest killer – cardiovascular disease.
There are about 2.6 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease.
To support National Heart Month, Sevenoaks District Council has been working on a number of initiatives, including defibrillator training workshops which were held earlier this year.
Sencio's Community Games give residents the chance to take part in a variety of taster sessions including martial arts, basketball, table tennis, badminton and football.
Access to the pool will be available at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, several workshops will be taking place, including workshops that aim to train residents to be Sports Makers.
Cllr Pat Bosley, the Council's Cabinet member for health, says: "With such a high number of people living with heart disease in the UK, it is important for residents to receive the help and advice to stop what can be a preventable disease.
"The Community Games initiative is a great way for residents to keep active and enjoy their local facilities with other members of the community."
The event, along with the health checks funded by NHS West Kent, is part of an initiative to reduce the risk of heart disease amongst residents and attempt to lower the number of fatalities in the District which result from cardiovascular disease.
For more information regarding the event e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01732 227000 and ask to speak to the a member of the Healthy Living team.
Alternatively visit the British Heart Foundation website www.bhf.org.uk for general information on National Heart Month.