<p>With three in every four people fearing the credit crunch will damage their wellbeing and not just their wallets , Bupa, the leading health and care company, has launched a free online healthcheck: <a href="http://www.bupa.co.uk/healthcheck">www.bupa.co.uk/healthcheck</a&gt; to help people keep well with health tips and advice that won’t break the bank.</p>

<p>Anyone with web access can take Bupa’s free online healthcheck, giving them a quick, simple and personalised picture of their health based on their medical and lifestyle risks. By using the new site over time, with its practical help and guidance, people can track their health, fitness and overall wellbeing without parting with a penny.</p>

<p>The online assessment2 takes between 15 and 20 minutes. Once completed, people receive instant feedback on a red, amber and green scale about their diet, stress, fitness, prevention, screening and overall wellbeing. The healthcheck also highlights an individual’s average risk of breast cancer, bowel cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lung cancer and stroke based on their age and an extra assessment showing the additional risk that their current lifestyle contributes.</p>

<p>Dr Peter Mace, deputy medical director of Bupa Wellness, comments: “We know people are worried about the credit crunch yet they still want to take care of their health. We also know that they are increasingly using the internet for health information and advice but don't know which sources to trust. Bupa’s free online healthcheck is backed by qualified doctors and based on sound clinical evidence. It’s simple to use and provides health tips and advice which won't break the bank – helping people start 2009 on a healthy and credit crunch-friendly note.”</p>

<p>For a free online heath assessment visit <a href="http://www.bupa.co.uk/healthcheck">www.bupa.co.uk/healthcheck</a&gt;.
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<p>NOTES TO EDITOR
<br /> Seventy-five percent of people (three in four) are concerned that the credit crunch will adversely affect their health and wellbeing, according to a survey of 10 of the UK’s biggest cities, by health and care company Bupa.
<br />2 The online health check is not designed or intended to provide a detailed health assessment or any diagnosis of any condition. If you require a detailed health assessment or the diagnosis of any symptoms you should attend a full Bupa Health Assessment or consult a doctor. This online health check will provide a risk assessment of potential health issues based on the limited information provided. You should only use this online health check as a guide to possible health factors you should consider. Bupa would always recommend a detailed health assessment for a full analysis of your health, or that medical advice be sought for any health concerns.
<br />A screen grab of the Bupa online health assessment is available at <a href="http://www.bupa.co.uk/healthcheck.</p">www.bupa.co.uk/healthcheck.</p</a>&gt;

<p>For more information contact:
<br />Julie Urquhart
<br />Bupa Corporate Communications
<br />Tel: +44 (0) 20 7656 2667
<br />Email: <a href="mailto:urquharj@bupa.com">urquharj@bupa.com</a></p>

<p>About Bupa
<br />Bupa is the UK market leader in health and care with a strong international presence. Established in 1947, it has around 10 million customers in over 190 countries and more than 49,000 employees. Its main interests are health insurance, care homes for older people and young disabled, health assessments, workplace health and childcare services. Bupa Travel offers a bespoke travel insurance service. Sanitas in Spain, MBF, HBA, Mutual Community in Australia and DCA Agedcare in Australia and New Zealand, IHI in Denmark and Health Dialog in the US are all part of the Bupa Group which also has centres in Hong-Kong, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. Bupa is a company limited by guarantee and does not have a share capital. As a result, it can focus on its customers, helping them to live longer, healthier lives and can reinvest all of its profits to do this – this is the dividend that Bupa provides
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Published on: 7:00AM on 27th January 2009