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Health screenings in St George’s

Free health screenings will be available in King's Square, St George's, on Friday.

The screenings are the last in a series of four Taking it to the Streets events hosted by the Department of Health over the summer.

They aim to help identify people at risk of chronic non-communicable diseases and will take place from 4pm to 7.30pm.

The screenings will include monitoring blood sugar, assessing cardiac arrest profiles, monitoring blood pressure, monitoring weight and other health education.

Taking it to the Streets has evaluated 94 men and 79 women so far.

Of those screened, 68 per cent were overweight or obese according to their Body Mass Index and 69 per cent had a risk of hypertension.

Almost 70 per cent of those screened did not do the basic physical activity suggested by the World Health Organisation — at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity during the week.

Some people were referred for further medical treatment due to their risk for hypertension, obesity and diabetes.

A Department of Health spokesman said: “These numbers continue to worry our health professionals. There is a reality of unidentified persons at risk in our community for major health issues. Taking it to the Streets has proven its usefulness in bringing awareness and reaching out to these communities.

“The Department of Health remains steadfast in continuing to educate the public of the seriousness of these diseases.”

A full report will be issued following the last screening.

There will be free health screenings in St George's this Friday

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Published September 25, 2018 at 6:05 pm (Updated September 25, 2018 at 6:05 pm)

Health screenings in St George’s

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