Brad Friedel has helped launch a new initiative that will see the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation play a greater role in improving the health and wellbeing of people in the local community.
The Haringey Community Health Trainer programme, led by Public Health Haringey and supported by Haringey Council, will see NHS health trainers based at White Hart Lane offering free health advice.
It is hoped that the appeal of visiting one of English football’s most famous stadiums will encourage more local people who do not regularly visit their GP, especially men, to receive health advice.
Brad currently holds the record for the longest run of consecutive Premier League starts and joined Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive Officer at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, and Cllr Dilek Dogus to speak on the importance of staying healthy as a professional footballer.
The former USA international said:
“During my time in the game I have seen a greater focus placed on the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, dietary requirements and training techniques. Over the past 10 years I have also made necessary changes to my lifestyle in order to ensure I can continue to perform at the highest level of my profession. But not everyone is lucky enough to have access to the sort of health advice that is on offer to a professional footballer on a daily basis, so it is fantastic that the Club and its Foundation are making this service available.”
Health Trainers are local people who have undertaken extensive training to enable them to offer one-to-one support to adults to help them to lead a healthier life – through changes such as quitting smoking, increasing exercise, cutting back on alcohol, and healthy eating.
Brad met each of the individuals and awarded them a certificate of achievement at an event held at White Hart Lane.
The ceremony also marked the launch of the NHS Health Check programme, aimed at preventing stroke, heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease in Haringey residents aged 40-74.
People are asked a series of questions and tests are undertaken in GP surgeries to assess their risk of these diseases and to detect any early signs of illness. They will then be offered expert help and support to make any necessary lifestyle changes and medication when needed.