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Nuffield Health Challenge: Evening News readers receive health MOT

PUBLISHED: 15:38 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:38 25 February 2013

Nuffield fit and healthy for 2013. Amy Woodyatt takes an MOT with Grace Poole.
Photo: Bill Smith

Nuffield fit and healthy for 2013. Amy Woodyatt takes an MOT with Grace Poole. Photo: Bill Smith

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In the second part of our Nuffield Health fitness and wellbeing challenge, EMMA HARROWING finds out how the three Evening News readers got on when they had their first health MOT.

Our readers results:

Amy Woodyatt, 31, from North Norwich.

MOT Score: 59

Action Points:

BMI, blood pressure, heart rate are all in range (waist to hip slightly high but as the BMI wasn’t high this does not pose a significant issue).

To monitor blood cholesterol regularly and take steps to reduce it – at a slightly raised level exercise will reduce this.

Increase levels of activity and improve fitness levels – this will have a knock-on effect with all the tests above.

Consider reducing her alcohol consumption, avoiding drinking the maximum daily recommended amount. Weekly totals are 28 units as compared to the recommended maximum consumption of 21 units for women and 28 units for men. Amy also exceeded the daily amount three times each week.

Increase water consumption. Four glasses of water on a daily basis isn’t sufficient (recommended eight glasses per day).

Sue Witham, 52, Hellesdon

MOT Score: 47

Action Points:

To improve body composition. Sue has a BMI of 30.4 (height vs. weight) this should be between 19 -25 BMI.

To monitor blood pressure regularly and take steps to reduce it. Although Sue’s blood pressure is in range it needs to be a bit lower and exercise will help this. The Aerobic Fitness (V02Max) Test results were quite poor so again, activity will help improve this score.

To monitor blood cholesterol regularly and take steps to reduce it – at a slightly raised level exercise will reduce this.

To monitor blood glucose regularly and take steps to reduce it. Sue has a high score so nutrition and exercise needs to be looked at in order to bring this under control.

·Increase levels of activity and improve fitness levels – this will have a knock-on effect with all the tests above.

Increase water consumption – as two glasses of water on a daily basis isn’t sufficient (recommended eight glasses per day).

Carolyn Fair, 59, Barford.

MOT Score: 61

Action Points:

To improve body composition. Carolyn has a BMI of 27.0 and a waist to hip ratio in the “high risk” category this area of Carolyn’s health is a main focus point.

To monitor blood cholesterol regularly and take steps to reduce it – at a slightly raised level exercise will help reduce this.

Increase water consumption – as two glasses of water on a daily basis isn’t sufficient (recommended eight glasses per day).

Improving your health is not just about sweating it out on a running machine in the gym. Instead you need to look at what you eat, drink, your activity levels and address any underlying health concerns.

It is this holistic approach that Nuffield Health on Barrack Street aims to encourage everyone to take if they want to improve their health and wellbeing for the long term. So the centre has chosen three Evening News readers, each with different lifestyles and goals, to take a three month challenge to improve their fitness and wellbeing.

Last week we introduced you to the three challengers. Now before they embark on their challenge each had a health MOT so that they can get on the right track to a healthier lifestyle.

“Health MOTs enable members to find out more about their health and how to get and keep fit,” says Grant Ewens, general manager at Nuffield Health in Norwich. “A health MOT gives a clear picture of someone’s overall health and fitness so it’s a good starting point for our three challengers as they can see where they are now and in a few months time they can see how far they have come.

“The health MOT takes about an hour and involves asking you simple health and lifestyle questions and measuring key factors that significantly affect your health, including cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, aerobic fitness, weight and waist to hip ratio. This enables us to provide the most appropriate health and fitness recommendations, whether they need a personal training programme, physiotherapy treatment or to attend one of our classes.”

If any of the challengers improve their health MOT score in three months they will be given a further 12 months free membership to Nuffield Health.

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