NHS Minister orders fatties to follow the Dancing Pig
Alan Johnson has been inspired by Strictly Come Dancing as he attempts to persuade the public to lose weight.
Like millions of others he was gripped by the spectacle of John Sergeant, the former television journalist, who waddled his way through the contest. Johnson, however, was struck not by Sergeant’s endearingly inept style but the fact that he lost two stone during the 10 weeks he was in the show.
“The point about dance is you don’t have to be a professional,” said Johnson in an interview. “You don’t have to be brilliant on your feet but it gets you moving and that is what all of us need.”
He intends to create a “dance working group”, including the Strictly judges, to expand the availability of dance classes to adults.
Other proposals include encouraging GPs to prescribe exercise instead of, or as well as, drugs. The couch potato culture is costing the NHS about £1 billion a year. Lack of exercise is blamed for causing heart conditions, early onset osteoporosis and mental illnesses.
Health Direct is bemused by the lastest labour spin. This is after all from the party whose rampant and rancid dogmas all but banned competitive sports in schools, whose councils sold off sports grounds and whose Health and Safety jobsworths wag a finger at anything that might increase the pulse rate now wants us literally to dance to its tune as well as figuratively.