Obesity and cardiovascular risk factors: results of a unique approach to NHS health checks

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Wilkinson, K., Bryant, E. and Heal, K. 2017. Obesity and cardiovascular risk factors: results of a unique approach to NHS health checks. Practice Nursing. 28 (9), pp. 390-397. https://doi.org/10.12968/pnur.2017.28.9.390
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TitleObesity and cardiovascular risk factors: results of a unique approach to NHS health checks
AuthorsWilkinson, K., Bryant, E. and Heal, K.
Abstract

The aim of the study was to evaluate health check data from an inner London borough. Haringey have taken a unique approach to NHS health checks, pairing up with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation (THF) to offer the health checks outside of traditional GP surgeries. Between March 2014 and July 2015, 3000 health checks were carried out by the THF community health check practitioner at 25 locations in the east of the Borough. The whole group data (n=2254) were analysed, comprising of 23.4% females (50.2±8.0 years) and 76.6% males (49.4±8.0 years). Alcohol consumption in males was significantly greater in the underweight compared to all other BMI groups. The underweight/normal BMI groups had significantly lower total cholesterol levels than the overweight/obese. Blood glucose levels were significantly lower in the underweight compared to overweight/obese. QRISK2 score was significantly lower in normal and underweight compared to overweight/obese males. Blood glucose levels and QRISK2 were significantly greater in the inactive/moderately inactive groups compared to the active groups. Interventions must be sought to address diet and activity in the borough, particularly in the 40–60-year-old age group. Females and the underweight should not be forgotten.
Keywords: NHS health check, Cardiovascular disease, Lifestyle risk, Obesity

LanguageEnglish
PublisherMark Allen Healthcare (MA Healthcare)
JournalPractice Nursing
ISSN0964-9271
Publication dates
Online04 Sep 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Oct 2017
Accepted21 Jul 2017
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Practice Nursing. copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work, see: https://doi.org/10.12968/pnur.2017.28.9.390

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/pnur.2017.28.9.390
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