CFA volunteer health checks coming
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]