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West Ham star Zabaleta gives his backing to World Diabetes Day

PUBLISHED: 09:30 14 November 2018

Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United takes part in a Health lesson during the The Players' Project Launch at London Stadium on November 7, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United takes part in a Health lesson during the The Players' Project Launch at London Stadium on November 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)

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Hammers’ Players Project helping to get people active

Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United takes part in a Health lesson during the The Players' Project Launch at London Stadium on November 7, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United takes part in a Health lesson during the The Players' Project Launch at London Stadium on November 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)

West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta has pledged his support on World Diabetes Day after being partnered with the health strand in the Club’s recently-launched Players’ Project.

The Players’ Project is the most ambitious and integrated community programme ever created by a Premier League Club and will see both first-team men’s and women’s players work on specific projects that are close to their hearts.

Sonia Bynoe, a mother of two from East Ham, joined the award-winning 150 Club and, after engaging in a tailored fitness programme, is no longer pre-diabetic or suffers from back pain.

Zabaleta joined Sonia for a circuit class on the Players’ Project launch day last Wednesday and fully understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle and exercise in preventing conditions such as diabetes.

Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United takes part in a Health lesson during the The Players' Project Launch at London Stadium on November 7, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United takes part in a Health lesson during the The Players' Project Launch at London Stadium on November 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by West Ham United FC/West Ham United via Getty Images)

The Argentinian said: “I was talking to the guests to convince them if they can do 20 minutes walking, 30 minutes in the park with your wife, your family, then it will help.

“I know sometimes for people it’s hard because they work so many hours, sometimes they feel tired and just want to go home, but at least if they can come here, do some exercise and see some players to talk to them, to inspire them and encourage them to do it twice a week, three times week it will be good for them.”

He continued: “You just need to look after yourself in terms of doing different sports, and with the food, healthy food, we know how important it is today. And always to play football at the top level, you have to do that.

“If you want to enjoy a pizza with your friends or family once a week then that’s not a problem, but always think about having healthy food every day to look after yourself, your family and everybody around you.”

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