A SHORT film capturing the memories of the Sky Blues’ thrilling 1987 FA Cup victory was launched on social media last Wednesday (March 2).
As part of a campaign to promote free NHS Health Checks to those aged between 40 and 74, the film stars former players including Dave Bennett and Micky Gynn.
The new ‘Be there for the good times’ campaign has been developed in partnership with Coventry City Council, Coventry City Football Club and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.
The video aims to encourage those aged between 40 and 74 to take up the free health MOT and keep their health in check.
Coun Kamran Caan, cabinet member for health and adult services, said: “The 1987 FA Cup Final was a wonderful day for our city and many Coventry people of a certain age will have special memories of it.
“By this age many of us have dramatically increased our risk of contracting diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
“But by taking up a free NHS Health Check and making small changes we can dramatically increase the chances of staying healthy and active as we get older.”
Dave Bennett, who was voted man of the match in the 1987 FA Cup Final, is backing the campaign and has taken up the opportunity of a Health Check himself.
He said: “I had my check-up at my local surgery.
“It was really thorough and they checked my bloods, my weight, my cholesterol, everything really.
“It has all come back fine, which is good to know and I would recommend the service to anyone.”
Karen Wagstaff, Lifestyle Service Manager at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, said: “A free NHS Health Check can save your life by identifying any warning signs early and giving you the chance to make lifestyle changes.
“Its’ quick and easy – you just need to ask your GP.”
All adults aged between 40 and 74 who have not had a Health Check in the last five years are eligible for the scheme and can get a check at their GP surgery or at one of several community venues across the city.
For more information about NHS Health Checks visit www.coventry.gov.uk/nhshealthcheck or call 024 7696 1590.