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28 May

Fans Check-in for Health ‘MOT’ at Headingley Test Match

A free match-day ‘health check’ service for fans attending the England V New Zealand 2nd Investec Test Match at Headingley Cricket Ground on Sunday 31st May is expected to save lives through early detection of major killers such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and skin cancer.

Working with the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and Yorkshire Cancer Research, 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 of which are key indicators relating to chronic diseases. The checks are only 15-20 minutes long, and will be available from 10.30am until 3.00pm approximately.

Health checks are free of charge, and will be available in the East Stand Classroom 2. All participants will be given simple healthy lifestyle advice, and if necessary, a referral letter to their doctor or dentist for follow up. In addition, the service will also be able to answer questions fans may have about skin cancer and how best to protect your skin over the spring and summer months.

Yorkshire Cricket Foundation Manager Will Saville said “We at Yorkshire Cricket are working hard to engage with our communities. Helping to improve people’s health in Yorkshire is one of our key priorities. We have a fantastic partnership with Yorkshire Cancer Research and we are now delighted to also be working with Boundaries for Health to put on these free health checks. I would encourage everyone to take 20 minutes to get checked.”

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. 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 chronic diseases.”

Time: 10.30am until 3.00pm approximately, Sunday 31st May

Location: East Stand Classroom 2

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