Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cooking up a health treat at White Hart Lane

It's rare that I get the chance to write about football in this blog and to be able to do so twice in the same week is a rare treat so thanks to MHF chair Professor Alan White for giving me the opportunity.

The MHF are backing a new Premier League initiative which will deliver a men's health promotion package worth over £1.5 million. 17 of the current Premier league clubs are involved. The idea is to help football fans become healthier. How? Well, Alan, the world's first professor of men's health, puts it perfectly: 'The biggest lesson I've learned is that if you sit in your nice clinic waiting for men to come to you, chances are you'll be waiting a long time. But if you go out to where the men are, you'll have more success.'

Fulham will be giving 'specific attention' to sexual health, apparently. Chelsea will encourage local men to take their coaching badges (the credit crunch must have hit Blues owner Roman Abramovich harder than I thought). West Ham will target bowel cancer (the disease that killed former captain Bobby Moore at just 51). Everton will offer health MOTs on matchdays (a job for Mikel Arteta, perhaps, out for six months with ruptured cruciate knee ligaments). Newcastle will appoint two health trainers to work with dads and, catching them young, their kids. Tottenham Hotspur, innovative as ever, will be running 'cooking sessions'. This is presumably because their fans have been feeling sick all season.

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