Male Hospital employees urged to get active for Mens Health Week
Male employees at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Cromer Hospital are being urged to get active and take up an MOT healthcheck during Mens Health Week from 14th to 18th June.
Rachel Hunt, Business Manager for the Centre for Occupational Health at NNUH who is organising the events with Active Norfolk, said: We want to encourage male hospital staff to use this opportunity to get an MOT health check. They can talk in confidence to the Trusts Occupational Health Service about issues such as diet and stopping smoking, as well as getting health checks such as those for blood pressure. We are also encouraging all our staff to take part in a lunchtime rounders competition or to take up kick boxing and kettlebells taster sessions. For fitter staff there is a 5km Fun Run.”
Mens Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father's Day. It is a national event with a different theme each year. This year the theme is physical activity and men are being encouraged to become more physically active (eg. walking, using the stairs, gardening, dancing, recreational cycling, DIY). The aim is also to improve male participation in sport and to develop the potential of sports settings (eg. stadia, leisure centres) for delivering health services and campaigns to men. Physical activity can improve all aspects of health, from relieving stress and anxiety to losing weight, reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and improving sexual performance.
Active Norfolk, launched on 1st November 2006, is one of 49 County Sports Partnerships created by Sport England, tasked with increasing the levels of participation in sport and physical activity across the county. The partnership involves all those involved in sport and physical activity but, principally, the Local Authorities, School Sports Partnerships, National Governing Bodies of Sport and the NHS.
For more information, go to http://www.activenorfolk.org/menshealth