The aim of Men’s Health Week is to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it.
Men’s Health by numbers
The theme for 10th-16th June is men’s health by numbers. The Men’s Health Forum have highlighted some key numbers for men to know:
- 37 – a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
- 150 – men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
- 5 – we should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.
- 14 – maximum 14 units of alcohol a week.
- 10 – cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers. .
- 120/80 – normal blood pressure.
- 75% (3/4) of suicides are men.
The good news is that there is plenty on offer for men in Lambeth to get involved in to help tackle these health issues.
- Lambeth’s ‘Your Health’ web page provides information, advice and signposting to local resources and services for physical activity, healthier eating, drinking less, stopping smoking, mental wellbeing and more.
- The Black Prince Trust is one resource in Lambeth that combines physical activity, healthy lifestyle choices and mental well-being. They run free sports sessions including basketball, football, athletics and boxing as well as facilitating several on-site partners who provide mental health related programmes such as Workwell a self-referral service that supports adults with anxiety and mental health issues back into employment and The Harbour a mental health, drug and alcohol misuse rehabilitation service that run goal setting and positive self-help activities to support people with their recovery.
- Find your nearest Lambeth Leisure Centre on the map and find out what activities are on offer to help you get healthier.