Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/27/brazilian_health_plan/

Brazilians ordered to have more sex

High blood pressure? Get on the job

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 27th April 2010 09:15 GMT

Brazil's health minister has agreeably proposed that more nookie could help the population combat the effects of chronic illness.

José Gomes Temporão used the launch of a campaign to prevent high blood pressure to warn of a health "time bomb" which within 20 years would see a good whack of Brazilians suffering hypertension, runaway cholesterol and diabetes.

He said: "People need to be active. A weekend football game must not be the only physical activity for a Brazilian. Adults need to do exercise: walk, dance and have safe sex."

According to the Telegraph, Temporão was later obliged to defend his plan to journalists. He insisted: "It's not a joke. It's serious. Having regular physical exercises also means sex, always with protection of course."

While Brazilians may well need a bit of a prod to get them off the sofa, it's debatable whether they're slacking in the sack. The population currently stands at around 190 million - something Temporão perhaps had in mind when he cautioned against unprotected rumpa-pumpa. ®