A Health MOT is not to be confused with the *NHS Health Check! Health MOT is a term used for health screening individuals. Like an MOT for your car – it is an overview of your general health and wellbeing; giving you the information you need to improve your lifestyle in terms of fitness, health and wellbeing. Having a Health MOT is about identifying issues before they become problems.
We all know that is vital to look after ourselves yet so many of us neglect our bodies in terms of what we eat, how much we exercise (if any!), the many stresses we put on ourselves both physically and mentally – all of which can have a big impact on our future health if not managed correctly.
Some of us may think we are invincible; it won’t happen to me, I’m fine! Being aware of our body is critical to enable us to see signs that things aren’t working properly which could potentially lead to ill health.
Prevention is better than cure and most health issues are easier to resolve the quicker they are dealt with. For example, high cholesterol may not present itself with noticeable symptoms and could have a devastating outcome if not taken care of. Paying attention to your vital signs and key health indicators gives you the chance to take prompt action to prevent illness and potential health problems.
What is a Health MOT and how long does it take?
Wellbeing People’s Health MOT can be a snapshot of your overall health or can be more in-depth to include blood glucose, cholesterol, lung age and carbon monoxide testing. One of our friendly Wellbeing People team will take you through the process which is a confidential, easy and relatively quick!
- Having a Health MOT on our Interactive Health Kiosk allows individuals to self-test key indicators of their general health: Weight, Body Mass Index, Body Fat Content, Heart Rate and Blood Pressure, Hydration Quota and Lifestyle Questionnaire. The Health MOT is completely confidential and is performed in around five minutes. Once completed, a printout is produced which not only gives you your results but also shows a comparison of accepted medical standards.
- Blood Glucose, Cholesterol, Lung Age and Carbon Monoxide testing provides you with a deeper understanding of your overall health; these non-invasive tests are essential for early awareness of any potential health problems. The tests combined should take less than 10 minutes (depending on the interaction of the individual and whether they have any concerns that need to be dealt with). Any of these tests can be carried out separately – they are not necessarily grouped together as one service.
What happens after having a Health MOT?
- You will have an understanding of where you are in terms of your overall health and wellbeing which gives a good benchmark.
- You can make changes to your lifestyle if needed, we are happy to help you with some ideas and pointers. Start with small changes and ease yourself in gradually.
- Start to measure your improvements – this is vital for continued maintenance of your health and wellbeing
- If required, we may advise you to consult your GP. For example, if your blood pressure or cholesterol is high.
Some suggestions for a healthier lifestyle...
- First of all you will need to look at your lifestyle and build some time into your life for changes that may need to be made.
- Think about how much you exercise – take a walk in your lunch break, walk or cycle to work, join a club such as tennis or running? Make it social and fun and don’t ask too much of yourself too quickly – particularly if this is new to you. Your goal should be to exercise for 30 minutes a day, at least five days per week; to increase your heart rate make you breathless!
- Look at your diet – do you eat the recommended 5-a-day fruit and vegetables? Is your diet high in sugar and fats? Do you snack between meals or miss meals altogether?
- Hydration is vital – look at your daily fluid intake. Keep a bottle of water with you to encourage and remind you to keep sipping!
- Cut down on alcohol – try to give yourself some alcohol free days too! Recommended alcohol consumption is less than 14 units a week for women and 21 units a week for men.
- If a smoker, try to stop or at least cut down on smoking. Smoking damages lungs, cardiovascular system and significantly increases your risk of developing cancer.
- Watch your posture to prevent muscle tension, bone and joint pain! Light resistance exercise 15 minutes a day can help keep your muscles strong to aid healthy joints.
- Relax, unwind and take some ‘time out’. It is so important that you factor into your day some down time – even 10 minutes of mental relaxation can work wonders. Reading, meditation, deep breathing, a walk in the fresh air, yoga etc
- Sleep. A good night’s sleep is a vital part of our physical and mental wellbeing. Aim for the recommended 6 to 8 hours sleep a night. Uninterrupted deep sleep is essential for your mental and physical wellbeing so make sure you are relaxed and ready for a long peaceful night’s sleep!
*The NHS Health Check is aimed at adults living in England aged between 40 and 74. This free midlife MOT checks your circulatory and vascular health and what your risk of getting a disabling vascular disease is. It is free of charge including any follow-up tests or appointments. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease or type 2 diabetes. Your free NHS Health Check can spot early signs and help prevent these happening to you, which means you'll be more likely to enjoy life for longer. Wellbeing People deliver NHS Health Checks in Kent – for more information visit our Health MOT Roadshow website