Public health "mentors" will be enlisted by the NHS to offer 'on the spot' advice in their local neighbourhood when they see people smoking, eating or drinking too much.And I thought we had a prison spaces crisis. Obviously, not as big a crisis as we are going to have, if this ever sees the light of day....
The mentors, who as volunteers are not paid, are expected to work to influence the people around them, offering advice to workmates, family and friends about how they should change their unhealthy habits.Think, government advisors, think! Where are we going to bury all these bodies?
Eating a third fried breakfast of the week in the office canteen, having a drink 'for the road' at your local pub or chain-smoking another cigarette while waiting for the bus could all see the mentors spring into action to offer the Government's advice.
Is there salivation at the thought of this from a fakecharity, by the way?
Why, yes! Who could have guessed:
Martin Dockerell, from Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), the anti-smoking charity, said: "If you get the mentoring scheme right and if you manage to turn things around so it seems that healthy behaviour is not abnormal then that can be very powerful."Stalin would have loved you, Martin. And that's not a compliment....
Volunteers attend training sessions where they are taught how to offer appropriate advice on health issues including how to become more active, have a better diet, stop smoking and reduce stress.Self-defence classes optional, I presume..?
They then spread those messages when it seems appropriate to them during their everyday life and also offer advice on request.