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Coventry City 1987 FA Cup legend Dave Bennett helps NHS Coventry and Warwickshire health check achieve success

9 April 2015

The club is working with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Coventry City Council to promote the scheme...

A NHS health check programme has received positive feedback in Coventry and Warwickshire after being promoted by the Sky Blues.

The club is working with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Coventry City Council to promote the scheme and encourage those that are eligible to take advantage of the free service. 

The 30-minute check is part of the national NHS Health Check programme which aims to keep people well for longer by picking up on a number of common health problems or potential risks early.  

Former players Dave Bennett and Dietmar Bruck are fronting the campaign for the Sky Blues and have already checked that they’re ‘match fit’ by taking advantage of the Health Checks themselves.

And after being promoted at City’s win over MK Dons at the Ricoh Arena as well on the web and social media, the programme has received positive feedback.

Bennett, part of Coventry City’s 1987 FA Cup winning side, said: “I had my check-up at my local surgery. It was really thorough and they checked my bloods, my weight, my cholesterol, everything really. 

“It has all come back fine, which is good to know and I would recommend the service to anyone.”

Veronica Ford, Associate Director of Operations, Community Health and Wellbeing Services at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, said: “Raising awareness and highlighting the benefits of free NHS Health Checks among Coventry City Football Club’s supporters is a great way of encouraging people to undergo a free health MOT.”

She added; “Reducing the risk of developing certain health conditions can be achieved through making adjustments to the way we live our lives, such as cutting down on alcohol, quitting smoking or increasing physical activity.

“We do understand that it’s not easy to make certain lifestyle changes, but Free NHS support is available to help people achieve their lifestyle goals that can improve their overall health and wellbeing.”

All adults aged between 40 and 74 who have not had a Health Check in the last five years are eligible for the scheme and can get a check at their GP surgery or at one of several community venues across the city.

Tynan Scope, corporate sales manager for Coventry City Football Club, said: “We are delighted to have been involved with this campaign. It’s a very positive way to get more people between the age of 40 and 74 checked out for any health issues.”

For more information about NHS Health Checks visit www.coventry.gov.uk/nhshealthcheck 


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