Boundaries for Life: Fans Check-in for Health ‘MOT’ at Emirates Old Trafford ODI
A free match-day ‘health check’ service for fans attending the England V Australia NatWest ODI game at Emirates Old Trafford this Sunday is expected to save lives through early detection of major killers such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and oral cancer.
Run by Healthy Stadia , the health promotion intervention, called Boundaries for Life, will give fans over the age of 35 the chance to undergo a free health screening process - similar to a car’s annual MOT check - that will measure blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels, all key indicators relating to chronic diseases. The checks are only 15-20 minutes long, and will be available between 11am-3.00pm at the LCCC ‘Health Zone’ situated in front of The Point.
All participants will be given simple healthy lifestyle advice, and if necessary, a referral letter to their doctor or dentist for follow up. The Boundaries for Life initiative has been devised by a small consortium of health and sports stadia professionals, with the screening service provided by a team of volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses. The health check service has already run at the Investec Ashes game held at Kia Oval, and will feature again at the YB40 Final at Lord’s on 21st September.
Mike Gatting, former England cricket captain and current Managing Director of Cricket Partnerships for the ECB, comments: “I am delighted that a number of our grounds are supporting the Boundaries For Life health check events over the course of the 2013 cricket season. These screening initiatives are a great way to reach out to fans that can’t easily access health services due to time and work pressures. They highlight an important role our clubs can play in educating and screening against diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and mouth cancer.”
Referring to the benefits of this new initiative Dr Chet Trivedy, clinical lead for Boundaries for Life, commented: “Given that men in their 30’s and 40’s are particularly poor at presenting early symptoms of diseases to their GP, and with limitations on access to dental services, the availability of free health and dental checks in the relaxed atmosphere of a sporting event is a valuable resource in the early detection of symptoms associated with non-communicable diseases.”