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08/05/2006

Brits need to learn about the importance of key health indicators to protect their wellbeing, insurers have warned.

This comes as research from PruHealth, revealed that almost three quarters of Brits have little or no knowledge about key health indicators including blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index. And the insurer said this lack of knowledge is putting the nations health and wellbeing at stake.

PruHealth urged people to make an effort to understand and find out their Vital Stats, including their body mass index, which is a weight to height ratio, their blood pressure, their cholesterol levels, and their family history of illness.

Once people knew their levels, the insurer called for people to set standards to improve their condition. And it said exercise was the key to improving these.

Dr Chris Dark, Chief Medical Officer of PruHealth, said: “More and more research nowadays points to exercise as the crucial component in staying healthy. Based on the best available evidence, the UK Chief Medical Officer recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week. This, combined with a healthy diet, puts people in the best position to enjoy a long and healthy life.”

The health insurance provider added that free fitness assessments and discounted health screens were available to its members.

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