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Check-ups and lifestyle advice for site's building workers; BREAKING HEALTH NEWS.

MORE than 350 workers on the site of Caerphilly's new hospital are being offered basic health assessments.

The largely male workforce will be able to refer themselves to on-site clinics for the check-ups, which aim to promote heart health.

The health assessments will look at the Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr construction workers' lifestyles, including smoking, diet, drinking and exercise and they will also have their blood pressure, weight, body mass index and waist circumference measured.

The tests are designed to identify those at risk of long-term health problems and provide advice on lifestyles changes that can help.

Gill Richardson, director of public health at Aneurin Bevan Health Board, said: "Health assessments in the workplace are not only one of the most cost effective ways of raising awareness of particular health conditions but it can also ensure that employees most at risk can seek medical attention in plenty of time.

"Given that men are statistically more reluctant than women to seek advice from their doctor, and the workforce at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr is predominantly male, this project is a great way of making sure they get all the necessary information, guidance and even treatment they need early on."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 25, 2010
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