Health checks at Kia Oval
England and India fans have the opportunity to receive a free match-day 'health check' during the third NatWest Series encounter at the Kia Oval tomorrow.
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 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, whilst participants will also be given the opportunity to see a dentist who will perform a basic mouth screen looking for signs of mouth damage associated with potentially cancerous conditions.
All participants will be given simple healthy lifestyle advice and, where necessary, an additional referral letter to their doctor or dentist for follow up.
Fans participating in health checks at the game will also be entered into a prize draw where they will be able to win a host of England and India related cricket prizes, including a signed bat, training tops and autographed photos.
Referring to the benefits of this new initiative Dr Chet Trivedy, clinical lead for Boundaries for Life, commented: "Given that men in their 30s and 40s are particularly poor at presenting early symptoms of diseases to their GP, and with the additional 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 killers such as obesity, cardiovascular diseases and oral cancer."
The Boundaries for Life project 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 first health check service run at the Oval during the England v Sri Lanka NatWest Series ODI in June proved exceptionally popular, with many fans simply curious about checking their current state of health. An impressive 62 people were screened on the day, of which 10% were advised to follow up significant risk factor scores with their GPs.
Richard Gould, chief executive officer of the Oval said: "We are delighted to support the Boundaries for Life health checks that have been taking place over the course of our international fixtures this summer.
“This type of service is a fantastic way of contributing to the future health of cricket fans supporting England and India who may not normally access health services due to time constraints, and underlines our commitment to community engagement and social responsibility."
Time and location: Health checks will be offered in the Ben Hollioake Learning Centre accessed via the main entrance to the Lambeth Hall in the OCS Stand at the Oval from 11.00am until approximately 5.00pm on the day of the England v India one-day international.