HCF Marion encourages locals to put their health first with free heart health checks

MARION, 22 January, 2018 – HCF, Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund, has once again partnered with The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute to offer free heart health checks for members with extras at HCF Marion.

Now in its fifth year, the partnership between HCF and Victor Chang tests members for risk factors that could affect their heart. To date, nurses from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute have tested 55,000 Australians through its Health Check Booths across the country.

The Victor Chang Health Check Booth will be operating from 22 – 24 January 2018, and includes three quick health tests — blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose – to help members understand and track these factors that can impact their heart health.

HCF Marion’s 2017 program highlights a need for local members to put their health first, with almost half (47%) of tested members presenting with high cholesterol, 70 per cent not knowing their cholesterol levels and just over a third (37%) not knowing their blood pressure. Almost half (49%) of tested members were also recommended to visit a GP for further assessment and health management.

Adelaide Service Manager, Clem Fuccio, is encouraging local members to take advantage of the free services available to support them with their health journey.

“We’re proud to offer support for the community with free services such as the Victor Chang heart health checks. The tests are quick, easy and allow our members to keep track of their individual heart health. Each tested member receives personalised feedback on-the-spot, which can also help to inform positive lifestyle changes.”

“With the new year often comes increased awareness around health and wellbeing. From last years’ results we can see that there is room for our members to make some positive lifestyle changes. Taking part in the checks is one small way our members can practice self-care and ensure they are working towards their healthiest 2018.”

The Heart Health Checks are free for members with extras cover thanks to HCF’s ongoing partnership with the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, a not-for-profit charity dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease through research.

Tips for a healthy heart

According to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, there are some simple ways that Marion residents can maintain a healthy heart:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and choose lean meats and poultry.
  • Cut down on salt.
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every day.
  • Curb your alcohol intake. No more than one or two standard alcoholic drinks per day is recommended. 
  • Quit smoking.
  • Know your risk factors for heart disease.

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About HCF

HCF, Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund protecting people since 1932, covers around 1.5 million members with health and life insurance, community care, travel and pet insurance. On average over the last five years, HCF has paid out more cents in every dollar in premiums to members as benefits than the industry average. With over 35,000 specialists participating in its Medical Gap Cover Scheme and approximately 10,000 providers participating in its 100% back More for You programs, HCF gives members access to quality healthcare with no gaps or minimal costs compared to non-participating providers. To empower members to put their health first, HCF also offers a range of health and lifestyle services including its My Health Guardian health management program, mobile Victor Chang Heart Health Checks and My Global Specialist second opinion service. HCF’s national network of retail outlets and Australian-based call centres have earned multi-award winning status. HCF members also have access to low cost, high quality services at HCF Dental Centres. Having contributed $50 million to support the health services research funded by the HCF Research Foundation, HCF is devoted to investing in the future of Australia’s health. To learn more about HCF go to hcf.com.au/about-us