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Health checks for 40-year-old Scots

People who reach the age of 40 in Scotland will be able to conduct their own personal health check online or over the phone as part of a new service from NHS 24.

Those celebrating their 40th birthday in the country this year will receive health advice tailored to their own individual requirements based upon the answers they provide in the free assessment.

Up to 74,000 Scots will benefit from the Life Begins at 40 scheme, which is aimed at getting Scots who have reached the landmark to look at their lifestyle and see if there is anything they could be doing differently to improve their health.

Public health minister, Shona Robison, said: "Prevention is better than cure and we are dedicated to doing all that we can to identify those at risk from as early as possible."

A four-year pilot project, backed by more than £3.5m, will also start this year to explore the feasibility of introducing universal face-to-face 'heart MOTs' to over-40s.

NHS 24 medical director, Dr George Crooks, said: "Turning 40 is a significant milestone and it can traditionally be a time for making new lifestyle choices.

"Many people may be reflecting on their past and considering what's ahead of them. It is an ideal, positive time for people to start thinking more about a healthy future."

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