HEALTH chiefs have got behind Burton Albion FC’s efforts to raise awareness of a range of medical issues before and after today’s game.
Senior figures at Staffordshire County Council have praised the Brewers for their work in organising several events to improve the health of male fans who are set to visit the Pirelli Stadium ahead of the clash against AFC Wimbledon.
Specialists will be on hand to help people deal with weight loss, smoking problems and even drug and alcohol issues.
There will be an effort to fund-raise for Prostate Cancer UK, after it was revealed that one in seven men in the area will be diagnosed with the condition in their lifetime.
The council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing Robbie Marshall said: “It is really encouraging to see Burton Albion leading public health initiatives in this way and I’m sure this event will make real difference.
“One of the county council’s top priorities is to improve health and wellbeing in Staffordshire and we need to work with a range of organisations to make this happen.
“Burton Albion Community Trust has set the standard with programmes like Head for Goal and Golden Goal, and we are pleased to work with it to enable people to receive good advice and make the right lifestyle choices.”
Burton Albion Community Trust development manager Andy Taylor said: “We’re delighted to have the game against AFC Wimbledon as our health and wellbeing fixture.
“We’re delighted to welcome our key partners to the AFC Wimbledon game to promote a wide health agenda, including our ongoing activity programme.
“We hope that fans take up the chance to engage with the partners involved on the day and that they leave the match with key health information.”
Supporters at the game will also be able to participate in a professional health check from 1.30pm in the community room within the Pirelli Stadium.
The health check will monitor key health indicators such as BMI, weight, body fat percentage, blood pressure and heart rate.