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Tommie van der Leegte and John de Jong will represent PSV as they kick off The Scoring for health project, in which football players of the Dutch Eredivisie promote a healthy lifestyle among primary school children, at De Herdgang on Wednesday morning.

State Secretary Bussemaker gave the starting shot for the national project that promotes a healthy lifestyle among primary school children at the Rotterdam Kuip in October. 14% of the children in the Netherlands are suffering from obesity and the Scoring for Heath initiators attempt to halt this development. Football players of the Dutch Eredivisie will serve as role models by setting a good example as far as exercising and healthy nutrition are concerned. Scoring for Health aims to reach 9-11 old primary school children, who will experience how pleasant it is to feel fit.

John de Jong and Tommie van der Leegte will set a good example on behalf of PSV. In close co-operation with the local Area Health Authorities, PSV invite schools in Eindhoven to take part in the project, which starts on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. with an exercise clinic and a fitness- and health test at De Herdgang training ground.
Some 100 children sign a contract with one of the football players in which they state that they will adhere to the 20-week project programme. Issues such as exercise and healthy nutrition are discussed and promoted at school. The children conclude the project with a second fitness and health test and receive a certificate and a medal.