According to key health statistics, published by the Department of Health and the Association of Public Health Observatories, Tameside was classed as being one of the unhealthiest areas in the country, with the borough ranked 9th from bottom of the unhealthiest local authority areas in England.
The research included figures on smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, and the proportion of overweight people.
As a consequence, rates for heart disease, strokes, cancer, and deaths from smoking are ‘significantly worse’ than the national average, with people nationally living, on average, more than two years longer than their Tameside counterparts.
It is no secret therefore that the borough is currently facing a health crisis, with many of our fellow citizens suffering from high blood pressure.
The problem is that high blood pressure, or hypertension as its known, rarely has noticeable symptoms. But if left untreated, it increases your risk of serious problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
The only way to find out if your blood pressure is high is to have your blood pressure checked.
So, if you are commuting by train into Stalybridge train station on Wednesday 18th July between 3.30pm-7.00pm the NHS – Be Well Tameside community team will be offering lifestyle support from the community room at the station, where they will be offering free blood pressure checks and offering lifestyle support and advice.
Making improvements to our lifestyle can make us feel healthier, help prevent long term conditions when we’re older and improve our mental wellbeing. If you’re passing, please stop and say hi’ and get checked out.
Remember, blood pressure checks definitely save lives and are well worth doing, and it only takes a few minutes!