The Community Health Checks scheme forms part of the Club’s aim to help reduce health inequalities and the life expectancy gap in the North London borough. Launched in March 2014, and run in partnership with Haringey Council’s Public Health team and Haringey Health Champions, the unique scheme sees health checks traditionally only available at GP surgeries carried out by a Practitioner employed by Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, known as ‘the Spurs Nurse’, at pop-up clinics within bustling community hubs four days per week.Public Health England figures suggest that checking 40-74-year-olds’ blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and lifestyle could identify problems earlier and prevent 650 deaths, 1,600 heart attacks and 4,000 cases of diabetes a year.The programme, which links to the government’s ambition to save 30,000 lives a year by 2020, is designed to assess the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia, whilst also providing advice and assistance to people on how to reduce any established health risks.The Community Health Checks initiative uses the unique appeal of a Premier League football club to help to improve early diagnosis and provides an opportunity for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to support the local community in making lifestyle adjustments by signposting them to relevant health services.Parts of Haringey are among the most deprived areas in London, where male life expectancy is lower than the England and London average. Many residents are not registered with a GP and an estimated 3,500 people are living with undiagnosed coronary heart disease.Targeting males aged 40 and over, the Health Checks scheme has found almost half (48 per cent) of participants had high cholesterol and four per cent were recognised as being at risk of heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years. Nearly 10 per cent had pre-diabetes or diabetes with 72 per cent falling in to the category of being overweight or obese.Haringey Health Champions and Health Trainers support those taking part in the Health Check initiative to seek guidance and support based on their results. The team work alongside the Spurs Health Check practitioner to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of common conditions and signpost people to a range of local services, providing free, confidential one-to-one support and guidance to help people make healthier lifestyle choices.You’re eligible for a health check if:
To find out where the latest health checks are taking place, please call the Foundation on 020 8365 5138.
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