Premier League Health is a unique programme run by Everton in the Community in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, which aims to provide men aged 18-35 years with a pathway towards a more positive and healthier lifestyle.
The fact remains that English males have a major problem with the poor state of their health:
- Men have a lower life expectancy than women (77, compared with 81)
- Men have a higher incidence rate for cancers and suicide
- More than 120,000 men in the UK die prematurely each year
- Men are less likely to go to a GP or pharmacy and don't seem to want to participate in public health improvement programmes as much as women do
The Premier League Health programme, based at the Everton Active Family Centre, Goodison Park, works with key regional partners to help men exercise more often, understand lifestyle related health risks and to access quality health services.
The project tackles health themes covering: obesity, exercise, smoking cessation, cancer awareness, substance and alcohol misuse, mental and sexual health.
In recent months, the Premier League Health programme has added a ‘Heart Health’ strand to the programme. The ‘Look after your Heart, Look after your Soul’ strand (funded by Heart Research UK) aims to raise awareness of good heart health amongst our fans and community.
By taking part in the scheme, participants can access a wide range of resources such as gym facilities, regular health checks, one to one mentoring and advice from trained coaches, which aim to encourage a healthier lifestyle.
Premier League Health is funded by The Football Pools and Heart Research UK and is delivered in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.