NHS Health Check: Nichola's story 

Nichola reveals why she's glad she had the NHS Health Check and describes how the experience changed her life for the better.

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Transcript of NHS Health Check: Nichola's story

NHS HEALTH CHECK: NICHOLA'S STORY

I was always conscious of the fact, being overweight...

NICHOLA 45 YEARS OLD

..that I could have cholesterol problems or heart problems.

But it's actually getting to do something about it,

going to get a check done to see if you have.

You just sort of put it to the back of your mind and hope it goes away.

Health checks were available at work.

They explained that it was for people over 40, certain conditions.

And because it was available, I wasn't having to go to a doctor's surgery,

I could just nip out of the office for a half an hour check.

It was a no-brainer, really, to go and have one done.

The health check nurse explained that I could change my cholesterol

by doing more exercise to higher my good cholesterol

and to change my diet to lower my bad cholesterol.

I was really surprised because I thought it might have to be,

that my cholesterol was high, that I would have to take medication.

And as it happened, no, I didn't have to.

It was just a lifestyle change.

I used to come to work on my bike occasionally.

But since the health check, I decided to come to work on my bike every day.

And I also joined a boot camp, which was twice a week.

Then, since Christmas,

I started the NHS Choices Couch to 5K running programme.

I'm now on week nine, and I'm running for 30 minutes non-stop,

which I didn't think I would ever do before I had the health check.

Also, since the health check, I've lost a stone and a half in weight,

so I'm really pleased.

Most of my family, people who I don't see for a few weeks,

they're always commenting on how good I look, I've lost weight.

And I feel more happy in myself as well.

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO www.nhs.uk/nhshealthcheck

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