Fancy getting a free health MOT while sorting out your council tax or benefits?
Livewell and Plymouth City Council have teamed up to bring you Spring into March, a week of free NHS health checks, information and advice for local people.
From Monday 9 March to Saturday 14 March, members of PCH’s Livewell team will be at the Council’s 1st Stop in New George Street providing free health checks. The 1st Stop is the Council’s new front office where people can access information about the Council and also deal with transactions and enquiries on a range of services from council tax to parking and benefits.
The week will incorporate special themed days including mental health and wellbeing on Tuesday 10 March, No Smoking Day on Wednesday 11 March, and advice on food and drink on Thursday 12 March.
Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health at Plymouth City Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to host Spring into March at the 1st Stop with our local health providers Plymouth Community Healthcare.
“This gives a fantastic opportunity to make health services more accessible. So many people use the 1st Stop for a range of different reasons and this will give people the chance to talk to local health professionals about any concerns they may have and also find out about healthier lifestyles.
“It also compliments Plymouth City Council’s ten year plan to improve health, Thrive Plymouth, which aims to address the four lifestyle behaviours – smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet and inactivity – which contribute to 54 per cent of deaths in the city.”
Dr Kelechi Nnoaham, Director of Public Health for Plymouth City Council, said: “The things that cause us the most ill-health largely result from the choices we make – what we eat and drink, whether we smoke or how physically active we are. We need to make the healthy choice the easy choice, and Spring into March gives people the chance to review their lifestyle choices.”
The Livewell team will be at 1st Stop Monday 9 March to Friday 13 March from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday 14 March from 10am to 1pm.
Jane Bullard, Livewell Health Improvement Manager for Plymouth Community Healthcare said: “Anyone aged between 40 and 74 is eligible for a free health check so why not book one in with us at the 1st Stop
“The Livewell team are here to help you improve your life by adopting a healthier lifestyle and we have a team of health professionals here to help you.
“From stop smoking advice to help with mental and emotional wellbeing, we are here to help improve the health of Plymouth’s local population. We will be offering a mixture of pre-booked health checks and some on the day as well.”
Timetable for the week:
Monday 9 March: 9.30am – Spring into March launch. 10am – 4pm – general health promotion and cancer awareness.
Tuesday 10 March 10am- 4pm: Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing
Wednesday 11 March 10am – 4pm: No Smoking Day with free advice from Livewell Stop Smoking advice and carbon monoxide testing.
Thursday 12 March 10am – 4pm: Nutrition advice – food and drink.
Friday 13 March 10am – 4pm: Focus on exercise – keeping yourself moving.
Saturday 14 March – 10am-1pm: Health checks
For more information or to book a health check during Spring into March Week, call 01752 437177. On twitter, search #springplymouth or go to www.plymouth.gov.uk or www.plymouthcommunityhealthcare.co.uk and search Spring into March.