Team effort for health with London Welsh Rugby Football Club

Health will be top of the agenda at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday (16/5) when, for one week only, the condition of the fans will be under the spotlight.

Oxfordshire County Council’s public health department has joined forces with London Welsh Rugby Club to promote the NHS Health Check Programme by offering mini-checks to supporters attending the final game of the season, which kicks off at 3.30pm.

Five mini-check stations will be set up and adults will be offered the chance to get their blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI) checked by trained health care professionals. Although the mini-check is not the same as a full NHS Health Check, it is hoped the event will build a better understanding of its importance.

Councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles, Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for public health, said: “An NHS Health Check can help you to live a longer and healthier life but too many people in Oxfordshire are passing up their chance to benefit from the free check. We hope plenty of people will stop and take part in our mini-check, finding out about the full one at the same time.”

Fans who stop to have a mini-check will be given the results on a pocket-sized card for reference and can also enter a prize draw for the chance to win a signed shirt. Everyone who takes a check will also take home a mini rugby ball to serve as a reminder of the NHS Health Check.

London Welsh Chief Executive Officer, Mike Stevens, said: “London Welsh is delighted to be assisting Oxfordshire County Council in promoting the NHS Health Check Programme by offering mini-checks at our Aviva Premiership fixture with Saracens on Saturday. We would encourage all supporters to take advantage of this opportunity, as it’s a great way of keeping track of your overall physical health.”

If you are interested in having a full NHS Health Check, contact your GP surgery to ask for more information. You can also find out more online at www.healthcheck.nhs.uk

Tickets for the game are available at: http://www.london-welsh.co.uk/index.php?mod=tickets or from the London Welsh Ticket Office on 01865 717661.