Health MOT - St Matthias

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Date: 21 February 2013
Venue: St Matthias Campus, Room M013
Time: 8:30 - 13:00

BlueSkies Fitness are working closely with the Healthy University Group to implement health initiatives and raise awareness of a range of health issues.

The company have devised a range of time-efficient, yet comprehensive, Health MOTs which are all available on campus.

All appointments will take 15 minutes.

As a BlueSkies Health MOT attendee, you will receive:

  • Written confirmation of your results at your appointment
  • Verbal remedial advice at your appointment if necessary
  • 8 weeks free BlueSkies membership allowing you unlimited access to the online advice pages which will provide you with information on how to improve your results and reduce your health risks
  • A GP referral letter for any results which are outside of the normal/expected ranges.

The range of Health MOTs available at UWE is as follows:

  • Blood Pressure, Diabetes Risk and Total Cholesterol including blood pressure, blood glucose, diabetes risk questionnaire, waist measurement and total cholesterol (£15)
  • Blood Pressure, Diabetes Risk and Cholesterol Profile including blood pressure, blood glucose, diabetes risk questionnaire, waist measurement, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and cholesterol ratio (£20)

Each of the assessment parameters is explained here in a little more detail:

Blood Pressure - Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) risk is directly linked to Blood Pressure (BP). Adults aged 40-69 double their risk of CVD if their Systolic BP increases by 20mmHG or their Diastolic BP increases by 10mmHg. It is estimated* that 22% heart attacks in Western Europe are due to a history of high BP.

Blood Glucose and Diabetes Risk - Diabetes is characterised by elevated blood glucose levels. People with undiagnosed diabetes have an increased risk of CVD, blindness, kidney failure, limb amputation and high BP but early detection and treatment of diabetes reduces the risk of these conditions. Men with Type II diabetes have a two- to four-fold higher risk of DVC whereas women have a three- to five-fold increased risk.

Waist Measurement - Waist measurement is a strong indicator if CVD risk as it reflects 'abdominal obesity'. People with high levels of abdominal obesity e.g. those who store fat around their stomach and are 'apple shaped' are more likely to suffer from type II diabetes, certain cancers, high BP and atherosclerosis.

Total Cholesterol - Risk of CVD is directly linked to blood cholesterol levels. Estimates* say that over 45% heart attacks are due to excess blood cholesterol levels in Western Europe. People with high total cholesterol levels are over three times more likely to have a heart attack than those with normal levels.

HDL Cholesterol - Not all cholesterol is bad cholesterol and HDL is known as 'good' cholesterol as it can help to 'protect' against CVD. A low level of HDL cholesterol will increase your risk of CVD especially if your total cholesterol is high.

Cholesterol Ratio - This is calculated from Total Cholesterol and HDL Cholesterol results and is often thought to be one of the strongest risk factors for CVD risk.

* Estimates from the INTERHEART case control study.

Booking an appointment - to book an appointment e-mail: with UWE Health MOT as the title and state your preffered date, venue and time and which MOT option you would like.

Find out more information about the health initiatives at UWE.

Cost: £15-£20
Contact: Ben Jones
Telephone: +44 (0)7990 528 888

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