MEN'S Health Week is just around the corner.
The Bendigo Advertiser starts a series in conjunction with Bendigo Community Health Services to promote the week. Today BCHS chief executive Kim Sykes explains the importance of Men’s Health Week...
IT'S almost that time of year again – time to remind men out there that your health is important, important to your partners, important to your kids, important to your jobs and important to your mates. It’s time again to encourage all men to think about health and get it checked. Because if you don’t look after yourselves, it affects everyone in your lives – most of all, it affects you.
So on Sunday September 1, Men’s Health Week kicks off for the 13th year running. And what is Men’s Health Week? It’s a weeklong event run with our many partners and sponsors to remind in a different way, the importance of health checks, healthy lifestyle and healthy relationships.
And the point to all this? To remind and encourage blokes to look after yourselves and get a man-specific check-up. And even if you do that exercise and eat the right foods, have a check-up anyway.
How’s your cholesterol, diet, blood pressure, diabetes, stress and what about family history? And then there are the topics that need a little coaxing – prostate health, sexual health and mental health.
Many men and women over the recent years have passionately shared their stories of near misses, health scares and the importance of check-ups.
Once a gentleman drove hours to the clinic as he had an “issue” he needed to discuss but when he got to the clinic, embarrassment stood in the way and he drove hours home with no answers.
No need to worry any longer – your health is important and it covers every aspect of your life so let’s not miss anything.
One small business owner decided in his 50s to participate in a health check which showed he had high blood pressure and cholesterol dangerously high. “John” is a strong supporter of Men’s Health Week as it serves to remind men of the importance of health checks and looking after yourself. He says “life is not a dress rehearsal”.
So come along to one of the many events, book your seat for Thursday September 5 with Fiona O’Loughlin at The Capital, make an appointment at the Men’s Health Clinic or your local GP and most of all, look after yourself!
For more information about Men’s Health Week call 5448 1600.