A NEW initiative to encourage the over 40s to take an internet health check has just been launched.
Kirklees Council and the NHS have joined forced with Huddersfield Giants to promote an online MidLife Check for people of a certain age.
The test, which is completely confidential, takes a few minutes to complete on a computer.
It has been designed so that people can assess how healthy they are now and to enable them to set targets for future years.
The check covers topics such as diet, exercise, smoking, drinking and happiness.
At the end of each section, each person is given their own personal online results, along with advice on how they could improve.
Paul Cribb, the Giants’ commercial manager, said: “With people’s lives becoming busier and busier, we sometimes use this as an excuse to neglect the most important thing – our health.
“MidLife Check is a fantastic way of utilising the internet to give a quick and accurate overview of how we are treating our bodies.
“The most positive thing for me is that, rather than just identifying any health issues, MidLife Check actually gives advice and recommendations that will help the Kirklees public lead a healthier and happier like.”
The Midlife Check can be found at www.nhs.uk/lifecheck and can be accessed through local libraries for those who do not have a computer at home.
Also on the site are the services BabyLifeCheck, for parents and carers of babies aged between five and eight months, and TeenLifeCheck, for young people aged between 12 and 15 years.