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Health minister in eight-week Men’s Health challenge to prove busy people have time for exercise

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter has said he is ‘leading by example’ by taking part in an eight-week fitness challenge designed to demonstrate that even people with busy lives can make time to exercise.

Dr Poulter’s challenge will be featured in Men’s Health magazine and hopefully show how changes to diet and exercise can improve both physical and mental health.

The results will be revealed in Men’s Health April issue and also feature Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs.

‘Keen sportsman’ Dr Poulter said: ‘As a Government health minister, and as a doctor, I believe that it is important to lead by example, and make time for sport and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

‘I am already a keen sportsman, and play rugby when time permits, but there is always more you can do.’

Daniel Masoliver, features editor at Men’s Health, added: ‘We hope that this feature will prove that no-one is too busy to take care of their physical health, and that Dr Poulter and the other Members of Parliament involved will inspire readers to make their own healthy choices.’

Readers' comments (12)

  • He is an MP - by very definition, should he not be excluded from "busy lives".

    Unless that means social life of course.

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  • Having such a busy life must be why Dr Dan never gets to talk to GPs about the current problems with recruitment and retention. Perhaps for exercise he could walk or cycle to the nearest GP surgeries for a chat?

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  • Apparently in the current zobie parliment they are doing 2 days legislating a week!

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  • right - i will stopping my subscription to Men's Health and advising others to do the same.

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  • Long walk...short Pier

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  • Firstly, I'm surprised that he admitted that there was a weight issue in the first place.

    Secondly, I'd be concerned about him reporting any weight loss honestly and accurately.

    Thirdly, I imagine that he'd extend to 12 weeks and drop the goals if he wasn't happy with the result.

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  • Having worked fairly closely with my local MP on several occasions over a year or two, including visits to the Commons and DCMS, I can honestly say that MPs work very hard, despite the popular myths expressed in other posts. He helped support a campaign I was involved with - and he wasn't even of my usual political persuasion. He never even asked - it was enough that I was one of his constituents. Sorry that the facts are rather less amusing than the myths, but the truth matters.

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  • The fact is that he has denied the gp crisis (which is as plain as day) and distorted the Kings fund report on a&we attendance to make the data fit his interpretation. He has almost certainly misrepresented his experience as a junior doctor "working 100 hours".

    I'm glad that he helped with your campaign but unfortunately that doesn't make him an honest man.

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  • Oh I'm so happy for him..really I'm glad...and he's a 'Dr' too...how sweet
    Jolly good...he's got my vote

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  • re: Anonymous/Sessional/Locum/18Feb 3:19pm

    Please note it was my local MP - not Dan Poulter who supported my campaign. I was making a general comment about MPs. We complain about being portrayed as not working hard enough, which we know is untrue. Earlier posts seemed to assume the same of MPs - and I feel that is also untrue, generally speaking.
    BTW, like many others, I did work regular 100 hour weeks as a junior doctor. I worked 140 hours in one week. But that was the bad old days (qualified in 1974).

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