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.
Launched in March 2014, Health Checks are
delivered as part of the OneYou integrated service funded by Haringey Council.
The unique scheme sees health checks traditionally only available at GP
surgeries carried out by a Health Check Practitioner employed by Tottenham
Hotspur Foundation, known as ‘the Spurs Nurse’, and supported by Health
Champions. The pop-up clinics are set up within bustling community hubs two
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 provided by the OneYou service and in the
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 - OneYou,
Shape up with Spurs, Walking for Health and other community programmes. The
Health Check programme provides 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 contact Ida Blake by email: Ida.Blake@tottenhamhotspur.com or by phone: 07810 808 140
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