Check your heart health for free

Free heart health checks are available in Bowral from September 26 to 28. File photo

Free heart health checks are available in Bowral from September 26 to 28. File photo

FREE heart health checks are available at HCF Bowral.

The Victor Chang Health Check booth  will be open to all HCF members from September 26 to 28 at HCF’s office in Corbett Plaza, Bowral.

Professionals will be on hand to conduct three quick health tests – blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose - to help members understand and track the risk factors that could affect their heart health.

HCF’s 2015 Bowral program showed 19 per cent of tested members presented with high blood pressure and 35 per cent with high cholesterol levels, while 72  per cent did not know their cholesterol levels.

The 2015 program also showed that more than a third (37 per cent) of members tested were recommended to visit their GP for further assessment and health management, showing a real need for local members to put their health first.

HCF Bowral branch manager, Jenny Goldsmith, urged local members to take advantage of the simple Heart Health Checks which could enable them to detect treatable and preventable health conditions.

“We offer the community a range of services, with an emphasis on prevention, to help our members take control of their health. The Heart Health Checks are one way our members can be proactive about making healthy lifestyle choices now, and avoid developing health conditions in the long run,” she said.

The free Heart Health Checks are available for members with extras cover thanks to HCF’s ongoing partnership with the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, a not-for-profit charity dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease through research.

Bowral residents can also make use of the many digital tools and free online resources from HCF to help them reach their health and fitness goals.

HCF’s suite of healthy apps includes a Get Fitter app, offering advice and tailored exercise plans, a Be Happier app, including tools to improve mental and emotional wellbeing, and a Quit Smoking app to help smokers stay focused on their smoke-free goals

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