Online tool aimed at improving health of 'mid-lifers' to be launched

An online service aimed at encouraging positive changes in the health and lifestyle choices of 'mid-lifers' has been created by the DoH.

Dr Dixon: NHS LifeCheck will save money in the long-term
Dr Dixon: NHS LifeCheck will save money in the long-term

NHS MidLifeCheck aims to be a non-clinical intervention to help patients over 40 years old self-manage their health.

It asks patients to complete a multiple choice survey about their health and lifestyle, and then provides advice on how they can improve their health by setting goals and suggesting national services for support.

It covers topics such as smoking, healthy eating, alcohol, physical activity and emotional wellbeing.

Dr Michael Dixon, chairman of the NHS Alliance, said the service would save money in the long-term.

He said: ‘I am a big advocate of preventative healthcare, that's why I believe in NHS LifeCheck.

‘By putting the power of managing their health into their own hands, we will ultimately use less high-tech, high-expense treatments and save valuable resources in the long run.'

NHS MidLifeCheck is currently running as a demonstration site, but will be fully operational from 8 February 2010 at www.nhs.uk/midlifecheck.

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