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Church helps hundreds with free healthchecks

PUBLISHED: 16:56 29 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:56 29 July 2015

Worshippers  from the Gateway Chapel

Worshippers from the Gateway Chapel

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Shoppers had blood pressure and glucose tested

Christians from an Erith church helped hundreds of people on Saturday with health advice and even free equipment.

Worshippers from Gateway Chapel offered blood pressure, blood glucose and lung function checks to shoppers in Bexleyheath town centre and offered advice on preventing diabetes, lung disease, liver disease and prostate cancer.

And in some cases it may have unearthed a genuine problem – one in six of those who had their blood pressure or blood glucose checked gave a reading of sufficient concern for them to be advised to see their doctor.

The team even gave 150 people blood glucose monitors to take home – sponsored by health firm iCare Medical – and experts from Diabetes UK were on hand to offer advice.

Some 200 more were given gift bags with literature and the Gateway Chapel magazine.

The church has been working with the Stroke Association, Diabetes UK, the British Lung Foundation, the British Liver Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK on the project.

John Toju Ogbe, Gateway Ministries’ minister in charge of community outreach projects, said: “At the moment England carries the burden of many non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, type II diabetes, liver disease and some forms of cancer including lung and skin cancer – all of which are largely preventable.

“We will also be using this opportunity to promote NHS checks and childhood flu immunisation.

“Our aim is to take a more active role in the betterment of our community, both immediate and wider.

“It was a really good turnout, we were warmly received and people really did make use of the free information available.”

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