Radio presenter tours Northamptonshire for annual healthcheck campaign

BBC Radio Northampton's Helen Blaby

BBC Radio Northampton's Helen Blaby

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BBC Northampton's Helen Blaby is taking to the road next month urging listeners to get a health check.

Helen will be inviting listeners to come along and get a full health MOT between Monday April 3 to Friday April 7 will be visiting various locations across the county where health professionals and advisory teams will be on hand for members of the public to come in and get a full health check.

Not only will Helen have a chance to get out into the community and meet her listeners, but also it will be providing a valuable service.

Last year, the health professionals discovered six people with cancer. People who had moles that caused concern were referred to their GP and in some cases for urgent treatment. This year the events are even bigger and hoping to get many more people through the doors.

Health checks that will be available include skin cancer screening, diabetes checks, BMI and body fat percentage measures and stop smoking help,

There will also be the chance to use special equipment to find out what it’s like to be visually impaired, and there’ll be a focus on mental wellbeing, with an opportunity to find out how volunteering can improve your mood.

Attendees get the opportunity to take part in many different sports sessions, such as health walks, walking football, short mat bowls, and the new Otago exercises.

Helen said: “We’re going to a different part of the county each day, and it’s great to get out and help our audience.

“What’s great about the health check events is that we can have a lot of fun, but there are some serious messages to be delivered here, and this is a unique opportunity to do so.”

Marsha Ramroop, assistant editor at BBC Radio Northampton, said: “Helen’s Big Health Check is a great opportunity for us to help the health of the wider community by using our resources in partnership with the people already doing great work, and pull them all together in one place. Helen, and her producer, Sarah-Jane, have been working extremely hard on this, because as last year showed, these events can lead to live-saving detections of cancer.”

You can follow the event live throughout the week by tuning in, or by using the hashtag #HBHC2017

The roadshow will be at the following locations:

Monday 3rd April – Lodge Park Sports Centre in Corby – 11am-2pm

Tuesday 4th April – Indoor School at the Northants County Cricket Ground in Northampton – 4pm-7pm

Wednesday 5th April – Northampton College’s Daventry Campus on - 11am-2pm

Thursday 6th April – Tresham College in Kettering 11am-2pm

Friday 7th April – Redwell Leisure Centre in Wellingborough 11am-2pm