Health bus proves popular

21 January 2011, 16:08

More than 300 people visited the NHS Hertfordshire Health Bus when it called in at Stevenage last week.

Visitors were able to hop on board the double decker bus and take advantage of a wide range of free health checks. NHS Smoking advisors were also on hand to offer advice and assistance on how to become smoke free.

Over 70 people had their lung age assessed while others had blood pressure checks and had their body mass index (BMI) measured.

Visitors could also sign up to the Smokebusters scheme by making a commitment to make their homes and cars completely smoke free. This will not only reduce the harm caused to children and others by second hand smoke, but will also discourage young people from starting to smoke and encourage adults to try to give up.    

Further information on Smokebusters is available by calling 0800 3893 998 or by logging on to www.smokefreehertfordshire.nhs.uk

Cllr Sherma Batson. Executive Member for Community, Health and Older People, said, β€œWith many people making it one of the New Year resolutions to be healthier, this was a great opportunity for people to come along for advice and help.”