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NHS Health Checks a success at Millwall

24 June 2015

Former Lions captain Dave Cusack backs campaign at the Lions Centre

Former Lions defender Dave Cusack was a special guest as Millwall FC and Southwark Council teamed up for National Men's Health Week last Friday with the club offering complimentary home match tickets to all those who attended a special free NHS Health Check. • Aged between 40 and 75 years
The event, held at the Lions Centre next to The Den, was targeting men who were:
• Have not been diagnosed with heart disease or related conditions eg high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke or diabetes
• Live in Southwark or are registered with a Southwark GP • Have not had an NHS Health Check in the last 5 years.

Men who did not meet this criteria were offered a shorter 'MOT', including a blood pressure reading, body mass index measurement and advice on leading a healthier lifestyle.

Den favourite and former Lions skipper Cusack, who played for Millwall between 1983-1985, adopted a very 'hands-on' approach and it wasn't long before he kicked off his boots and took part in a walking football session which is run by Millwall for All. The walking football takes place every Friday at the Lions Centre from 11.30am - 12:30pm.

Richard White, Community Development & Health Improvement Manager at Millwall Community Trust said: "Millwall will continue to reach out to as many people as possible to help raise awareness on the health-related issues facing Southwark and Lewisham residents.

"Our aim is to work alongside existing charities and groups to support our local community and the wider Millwall family to help save lives and improve people’s health and well-being."

Cllr Barrie Hargrove, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Parks and Leisure, also attended and added: "We are committed to tackling the root causes of ill-health so that people in Southwark can lead healthier and more active lives.
"Health checks carried out by GPs, pharmacies and our innovative Outreach Team are an essential tool in the prevention and early diagnosis of long term conditions.

"I hope many men in the borough will feel encouraged this National Men's Health Week 2015 to find out more about their own health to improve their well-being." For further information about health checks please email or visit
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