AUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Auburn will have to face Kent State this weekend without its top pass catcher. Wide receiver Seth Williams has been declared out.Williams injured his shoulder in last week’s 24-6 win over Tulane. He scored the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against Oregon in Week 1.Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Williams will miss Saturday’s game but left open the possibility he could play in the Tigers’ SEC opener against Texas A&M on September 21.“We’ll see where he’s at, like I said Sunday, about his availability for the next week,” Malzahn said, via AL.com. “I think it’s kind of a day-to-day deal as far as that goes.” Auburn wide receiver Seth Williams is out for week 3— Ryan Hennessy (@RyanHennessyTV) September 10, 2019Williams has five catches for 81 yards and that clutch touchdown against the Ducks through his first two games.As a freshman in 2018, he hauled in 26 passes for 534 yards (20.5 per reception) and five touchdowns.Auburn will host Kent State on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
GPs should be based in gyms in a bid to tackle Britain’s growing obesity crisis, public health experts say. Basing family doctors at fitness centres means GPs could prescribe fitness classes and persuade exercise-shy patients to sign up on the spot, they said.Patients are more likely to take up their doctor’s recommendation to exercise if they are given specific advice – like taking a weekly Zumba class – and it is easy for them to access low-cost facilities, the senior figures said. The joint report by the Royal Society for Public Health and ukactive, a leading not-for-profit health body, also said basing doctors at leisure centres would benefit gym-goers, who would be more likely to call into the GP for vital health checks if they could do so as part of their regular routine.Steven Ward, CEO of ukactive, said: “Getting Britain moving is paramount if we are to stem the tide of preventable diseases burdening the NHS. More than one in four adults in the UK are now obese and obesity-related conditions cost the NHS more than £1billion a yearCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Having drop-in GP centres within gyms could also encourage people to visit a doctor if they had a health concern without having to alter their routine, the report said. This could increase the number of people undergoing basic health checks and taking part in screening programmes to spot cancer and other potentially life-threatening disease. The report, Going the Distance: Exercise professionals in the wider public health workforce, recommended GPs refer more patients to exercise classesCredit:Lynne Cameron/PA “Anything that makes visiting a GP that bit easier should be welcomed, and this report shows there is a demand among the public for that opportunity.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Now experts believe making access to exercise easier could encourage more people to take it up, reducing the burden of obesity on the NHS.The report, Going the Distance: Exercise professionals in the wider public health workforce, recommended GPs refer more patients to exercise classes.Doctors should also work closely with fitness instructors to make sure patients knew what to expect and were engaged in exercise programmes, it said.It asked clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and public health leaders to “explicitly factor in” fitness centres into their local health and wellbeing plans, to make sure funding was available for exercise classes. “Locating GPs in fitness facilities offers a clear and simple pathway from doctor’s office to gym floor for patients who could benefit the most from regular physical activity. “GPs could prescribe exercise plans to patients and point them next door to a fitness professional for a gym induction – making it as easy as possible to get inactive individuals moving again. A survey of 858 gym-users for the report found the majority would support having a GP drop-in centre and NHS smoking cessation services at their leisure centre.More than three quarters would also welcome exercise classes aimed specifically at improving mental health and wellbeing.Shirley Cramer, RSPH chief executive, said: “In a climate of ongoing cuts to public health budgets, it has been acknowledged for some time that the public health challenges currently facing the nation are too great to be tackled by the core public health workforce alone.“Exercise professionals have a great opportunity to be an active part of this wider public health workforce… The co-location of services such as GP drop-ins are an exciting part of this vision, with the potential to make gyms and leisure centres convenient one-stop-shops for the public’s health where we can make every contact count.”Mr Ward added: “People lead busy lives – a GP in every gym could give pressed workers the opportunity to fit vital health checks around their regular workout schedule. “For too long the NHS has shouldered the burden of society’s unhealthy lifestyles. A radical and imaginative move like this could empower people to take responsibility for their own health and move towards an NHS focused on prevention over cure.”More than one in four adults in the UK are now obese and obesity-related conditions cost the NHS more than £1billion a year.Studies have shown British adults lead increasingly sedentary lifestyles, which is fuelling the obesity crisis.Last month, University of Liverpool researchers revealed that living a “couch potato” lifestyle and staying desk-bound all day at the office for just two weeks triggered a decline in health which could spiral into weight gain and health problems like diabetes. But exercising and being active throughout the day reversed symptoms within a fortnight.