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Fitness tests for England football fans

7th June 2010

An online fitness test has been designed by the NHS to give football fans the chance to see how their health fares when measured against fans from other countries.


A questionnaire can be filled in online which will measure fans' scores for diet, exercise, weight and sexual health.

Fans can pick their nationality and assess their score against the average scores from other nations competing in the World Cup.

The health service hopes that the tests will encourage fans to improve their health and take more exercise.

Public Health Minister Anne Milton said she was hopeful that the quiz would motivate fans to "get active" during the World Cup.

She said they were aiming to get fans to consider how "simple changes in their life, like eating a better diet or joining their local Sunday league football team could improve their health".

Researchers from Loughborough University have suggested that one in 10 fans will get through at least 20 cans and 20 pints of beer during the World Cup, and one in seven will consume a minimum of 10 pizzas.

The Football Fan Fitness Challenge, which can be accessed from Facebook, iTunes and the NHS website, has the support of the Football Association.

Peter Baker, of charity Men's Health Forum, which participated in the development of the quiz, said: "Because we'd like men to stay in good enough shape to cheer England all the way, we're suggesting they put the remote down for long enough each day to do a brisk walk and eat some healthy grub too."


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Title: Fitness tests for England football fans
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15048
Date Added: 7th Jun 2010


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