Health Checks Target Hard to Reach
A simple 20 minute health check could save your life. Health checks can prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. One Voice through the Baiter Sehat Campaign will be carrying out free health checks with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
According to the focus groups the Baiter Sehat campaign showed in many instances the BME community may not haveheard about free health check campaigns.
Even more worrying was the fact that despite hearing about health checks, those apprehensive
of the results chose to abstain from taking tests.
The One Voice campaign will focus in particular on taxi drivers and night workers as
those are the more popular occupations held by the BME community in Blackburn and Darwen.
Those aged between 35 and 74 are entitled to a free health check. The health trainer or nurse
will check your blood pressure, cholesterol and will conduct a diabetes check. If there are any problems resulting from the health check you will be referred to your GP.
The Operational Manager of the Baiter Sehat project, Zaheer Mahmud said,
“One Voice through the Baiter Sehat campaign are looking forward to working with refresh in highlighting the importance of making yourself available for a health check. We carried out a number of sessions last year and had some level of success. This is important as it can potentially save your life.”
Health Checks to Become Regular Fare
A number of taxi offices were among those targeted in a health campaign organised by the award winning Baiter Sehat campaign. One Voice through the Baiter Sehat campaign are carrying out free health checks with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, with the aim of encouraging greater
numbers of people from the BME community to participate in health checks.
The BME community makes up over 30% of the Blackburn and Darwen population. These health checks are free of charge and will only take 20 minutes. They are designed to identify any existing health problems, assess your disease risk factors and to provide you with the tools and recommendations to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Health checks are important to everyone to detect disease early in people who look or feel well. Health checks can prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.
Faraz Ali, proprietor of 24/7 Private Hire was excited that One Voice had chosen his business to target health checks.
“I am delighted that One Voice has chosen us. We are one of the biggest taxi firms in Blackburn. This is a great initiative for taxi drivers. Many of them work 12 hour days and would simply not get the time to go to the doctor. They barely even get time to exercise. And due to the long working shifts, taxi drivers are more prone to eating fast food. It is just easier to grab a quick takeaway on the go. We are planning on expanding our premises next year and opening a gym on location. Keeping our drivers healthy and fit is a priority. This has been an overwhelming success.”
The health checks at 24/7 took place throughout the day on Tuesday 29th April with a registered nurse.
Further health checks were held at City Taxis and Hi-Field Taxis as part of the Baiter Sehat campaign.
Ladies Day Health Check
One Voice through the award winning Baiter Sehat campaign arranged a series of health checks for the local BME community in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
A ladies only health check took place at Little Harwood Community Centre on April 28. A total of 17 attendees participated with 10 taking part in full health checks and seven in the mini health checks.
Participant Tasneem Shahzad said:
“I went to the health check and the nurse did a thorough examination of blood pressure, height, weight and cholesterol. If I hadn’t gone, I would not have been aware of my cholesterol levels and how to control that. The nurse was very helpful I’m really glad for the check up”.
Suzanne Warren, health check nurse said:
“One Voice have been really proactive in ensuring that their community receive the health checks. The sessions thus far have been well received.”
“I found the health checks very helpful. The nurse put me at ease straightaway.I do go to my GP regularly, but all I have ever gotten checked there is my blood pressure. But the health check was so thorough. I am so glad I went, because now I have learned that my cholesterol is too high. The nurse gave me advice about how to act on it, and now I have learned that I need to do more exercise.”
“The health check has definitely encouraged me to be more conscious of my health, and I would certainly encourage my fiends and family to go forward for health checks of this nature. As an Asian woman, I find we are generally quite complacent when it comes to health matters, particularly for ourselves. We don’t seem to give it priority. That is definitely a cultural problem.”