A pilot scheme is to monitor the benefits of giving free health checks to people nearing retirement in a bid to identify and prevent potential illnesses in later life.
The checks include advice on blood pressure, fuel and heating, fitness levels, diet, immunisation and screening programmes.
The first pilots will take place in North Nottinghamshire, Hull & East Riding and Sandwell in the West Midlands.
People are being targeted to take part in the scheme through local employers, voluntary and community organisations.
Public health minister Yvette Cooper said: “These projects are an important way of improving health and preventing illness in older people.
“We need to move away from the idea that the health service is just about treatment and ensure that the NHS is providing the advice and help that will prevent people becoming ill in the first place.
“These health checks will give people the chance to stay fitter and healthier for longer and plan for a healthy retirement.”