CFA vol­un­teer health checks com­ing

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

CFA vol­un­teers and their part­ners will again be able to re­ceive a free health check this month thanks to the CFA Healthwatc­h pro­gram.

Healthwatc­h is funded by the State Gov­ern­ment’s Valu­ing Vol­un­teers Pro­gram to sup­port emer­gency ser­vice vol­un­teers, and in­cor­po­rates Heart Track Online which is a car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk as­sess­ment tool to es­ti­mate the risk of a per­son suf­fer­ing from heart dis­ease.

This free and con­fi­den­tial pro­gram will be held at Mans­field fire sta­tion, and will take about 15-20 min­utes.

Two ses­sions are be­ing of­fered, with an evening ses­sion on Thurs­day, Au­gust 27 be­tween 4.30 and 7pm, and a morn­ing on ses­sion on Fri­day, Au­gust 28 from 7 to 9.30am, with a free break­fast pro­vided af­ter your health check for those at­tend­ing the morn­ing ses­sion.

Those choos­ing to un­der­take the check will have a fin­ger prick blood test for choles­terol lev­els (choles­terol, triglyc­erides and glu­cose), a blood pres­sure check, mea­sure­ment of height, weight and waist, and sup­port with en­ter­ing the data onto the Heart­track Online sys­tem to ob­tain a re­port on your risk of coro­nary heart dis­ease.

Fi­nally, each vol­un­teer will re­ceive an in­di­vid­ual con­sul­ta­tion to re­view spe­cific re­sults.

For those plan­ning to un­der­take the test, par­tic­i­pants are asked to re­frain from eat­ing or drink­ing any­thing other than wa­ter for at least five hours be­fore your test.

It is also im­por­tant to keep hy­drated be­fore the test (wa­ter only), where pos­si­ble re­frain from drink­ing al­co­hol in the 24 hours be­fore your test, and en­sure you eat as soon as pos­si­ble af­ter your test.

Mem­bers and their part­ners from all Mans­field group brigades are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate, and for more in­for­ma­tion, check the web­site www.es­o­health­watch. gov.au or email es­[email protected]

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