British grocery retail chain Tesco is offering 40,000 free health checks at its in-store pharmacies until March 9 as part of its initiative to help people embrace a new healthy living plan.
The news follows on from the launch of the Charity Partnership between Tesco, the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK.
The health check takes about 30 minutes and involves checking a person's BMI (body mass index), blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels. According to Tesco, the test will help give customers an idea of how healthy they are and whether they need to start thinking about adopting healthier lifestyle habits.
Meanwhile, one of the key aims of the new Charity Partnership is to encourage people to make small permanent changes to their lifestyle – which are more achievable long term – rather than these weekly resolutions which are easily broken, says the retailer.
The Charity Partnership has launched two “10 Minutes to Change Your Life” guides to help people make small changes to their daily routine that can make a big difference their health.
Speaking about the news, Jenna Hall, programme director of the Tesco National Charity Partnership, said: "The Charity Partnership wants to make it easier for people to make little changes to improve their health which they are more likely to stick to long term rather than starting from scratch every week. So, we’re challenging people to take 10 minutes every day to make small changes so they’ll be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.”
Josh Hardie, corporate responsibility director for Tesco, added: "Our customers want us to help them lead healthier lives, and that’s why we have removed sweets and chocolates from checkouts at all our stores and we have removed billions of calories from our ranges by changing the recipes to reduce their sugar, salt and fat content. We want to do everything we can to help our customers make healthier choices at Tesco."
The Charity Partnership will use data from a range of sources to inform initiatives that will help to lead a healthy lifestyle. The initiatives will be funded over the next three years with money raised by the partnership.
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