In a first time collaboration between Town and Suffolk’s public health team, male fans at Saturday’s match against Cardiff are being given the opportunity to get a free health check in a bid to get fit in time for Christmas.
The ‘are you match fit?’ campaign encourages those aged between 40-74 to take a midlife MOT that measures everything from Body Mass Index to blood pressure. The checks are designed to provide early indications of health issues such as high blood pressure, type two diabetes or heart disease, or can simply provide assurance that everything is in good working order.
Health check nurses will be on hand before the match begins, during half-time and after the game ends to offer the free checks, which generally take between 20-30 minutes per person. The checks include a one-to-one assessment of identified health risks and a discussion about any family history of health conditions. They are entirely confidential and will be carried out in one of the secure health check mobile vehicles parked on-site.
Starting with Town’s home game tomorrow, the campaign will continue at selected matches throughout the season.
More than 234,000 people in Suffolk are eligible for a check. According to figures released by Public Health England, 89,465 have been offered the test since 2013 and of these, 56.5% – 50,531 people – have taken the opportunity.