Men’s Health Week

10/06/2015

Men’s Health Week launches on Monday 15th June 2015 and calls on everyone to do something practical to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of local men and boys.

Men in Ireland die, on average, almost four and a half years younger than women.  Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death and at all ages.  Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases and late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable.

The theme for Men’s Health Week this year is 'Creating Culture Change'.  Western Trust Health Promotion officer, Sandra Semple has coordinated a calendar of events to mark this week in partnership with Men’s Health West (an alliance of bodies, who aim is to promote, support, facilitate and sustain a network of organizations and individuals who have an interest in raising awareness of the health and well-being issues affecting males within the Western Trust).  Sandra said: “Any programmes that encourage men and boys to lead healthier lifestyles to be more aware of preventable health problems and to seek early detection and treatment for health difficulties is to be encouraged.”

This year during Men’s Health Week there are a number of events planned throughout the Western Health and Social Care Trust within workplaces and local communities.  One such event will take place in Foyleside Shopping Centre on Wednesday 17 June from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm.  Men will be able to have free health checks, such as; blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and BMI. 

There will also be information and advice on the main cancers that affect men.  Similar health checks, information and advice are also being offered across the Western Trust over the course of the week. Booking is not necessary; men are encouraged to turn up on the day to avail of this free service.

Sandra highlights that all involved were very keen to take part in the event and are to be commended for positively influencing the promotion of Men’s Health.  Information on dates and times for these health checks can be accessed on the Western Trust website which is: www.westerntrust.hscni.net or on www.menshealthwest.org, other events taking place throughout the Western Trust area can also be found on these websites.

For any further information contact Sandra on 028 7186 5127 or email her at Sandra.Semple@westerntrust.hscni.net.