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Melbourne Stars joins with E.J. Whitten Foundation to promote "Time to Test"

27 January 2018

Executive Director of the E.J. Whitten Foundation, Ted Whitten Jnr, has joined with Melbourne Stars batting coach David Hussey to promote the "Time to Test" program in support of men's health. Whitten said "Time to Test" was a community program which highlighted the importance of men being proactive about their health.

"Getting an annual health check can save your life," he said.

"We created the "Time to Test"program as a way to bring nurses and health information to people at community sporting events, and to encourage them to get on the front foot when it comes to your health.

"We're proud to be the official men's health partners of the Melbourne Stars, who've integrated this awareness program across a range of regional and metropolitan events. These opportunities for engagement will lead to men talking more about their health, and hopefully taking some proactive steps. These may be as simple as booking a health check with a GP or getting a blood pressure check.

"The E.J. Whitten Foundation was proud to present the $10,000 Stars Clubs prize to the Carrum Cricket Club, as part of the 2017/18 Stars Club program."

David Hussey said there were compelling reasons to talk about men's health.

"Having spent 15 years or thereabouts as a professional cricketer, most of my health concerns were taken care of by the state or club doctors, physios and other therapists," he said.

"My mindset was that I didn't need to think about it too much because others were monitoring my health regularly. As a retired player and now coach I have a much greater awareness of the importance of taking responsibility for your individual health circumstances, and also the value in creating environments in which men feel comfortable discussing their physical and mental health.

"Sometimes it's a simple as having a chat with a mate over a coffee."

CLICK HERE to find out more about the "Time to Test" program.