Men’s Health Week 2011

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National Men’s Health Week takes place between June 13-19, 2011, and Men’s Health Forums in the Western Isles have a series of sporting events arranged for men, together with health advice during the week.

This week focusing on Men’s Health as first held in June 2002 and since then has grown in size and impact firmly establishing itself as a key part of the public health improvement calendar.

Men’s health is unnecessarily poor. 40% of men still die prematurely (before the age of 75) and life expectancy is much lower than for women.

A start statistic reveals that a man can expect to be seriously or chronically ill for 14 years of his life and they visit their GP 20% less frequently than women so are less likely to use pharmacy, smoking cessation, weight management and health trainer services.

Circulatory diseases kill more men than any other disease, with 60% more likely to develop cancer and are 70% more likely to die from the disease.

The number of new cases of prostate cancer has climbed to over 37,000 a year and 250,000 are currently living with the disease.

75% of people who kill themselves are men.

One in eight men is dependent on alcohol and men are three times more likely to become dependent on alcohol and by 2015, 36% of men will be obese.

Norma Macleod, Healthy Working Lives Advisor, stated: “One in three people in the UK is currently living with a long-term medical condition and a significant proportion of this number will be men. However, men are increasingly unlikely to visit a doctor or engage with other health services and health promotion campaigns often fail to take account of the need for ‘gender-sensitivity’ in reaching male audiences.”

Men’s Health Week is organised to encourage men to focus on physical activity and their health, and to provide them with opportunities to try out new activities.

British Heart Foundation Walks took place across the Western Isles on Saturday (June 11). On Wednesday (June 15), a seven-a-side Works and Trades Football competition will take place on the all weather pitch in Stornoway at 6.30pm. Those who fancy something different can try out the sailing taster at Cuddy Point from 7pm-9pm on Thursday June 16, or the golf texas scramble at Stornoway Golf Club on Friday June 17 at 6.30pm followed by a quiz in the Stornoway Golf Club.

There will be free gym inductions for men in Harris all week, as well as golf (supervised play and competition) on Tuesday June 14 from 6pm-9pm, an hour-long spinning class in Harris Sports Centre on Wednesday June 15 at 7pm, and an 11-a-side old firm fans football match on Tarbert Pitch on Friday at 3pm.

Uist events during the week include a fishing fly casting instruction night at Amhor on Wednesday June 15 from 7pm – 8.30pm, a Team Rowing Challenge at Liniclate Sports Centre from 5.30pm – 7pm on Thursday June 16, and a Golf Stableford Points Game at Askernish Golf Course on Sunday June 19 at 12noon.

Barra will be offering free gym inductions to men all week.

Look out for the posters or for further details or contact Norma Macleod on 01851 708925 or norma.macleod@nhs.net