To mark Mens’ Health Week 2018 the Essex Shed Network was pleased to support Don’t Just Sit There – a fantastic afternoon of entertainment and laughter with award winning comedian John Ryan.
Informative and at times bellyache laughingly funny, John’s connection with the audience and handle on the health issues that men may face made for a tremendous afternoon.
Shedders from across Essex were also entertained by BBC Essex’s Ronnie Barbour who compered and talked about some of his own health challenges in a light and amusing way!
Men and women were given more detail around some men’s health topics delivered by a panel including, Prostate UK and local Prostate and men’s health charity CHAPS, Diabetes UK, Provide and the Samaritans. There was also information on local activities and ways to keep you active and well.
“Very well done. Eye opener” an Essex Shedder
Feedback from the event was positive with the audience going away with a better understanding of what health issues they might encounter and what to do about them.
One Shed lead has been so inspired that he wishes to put on a very similar event in the south of the County… we will keep you posted!
June 12- 18 is Men’s Health Week and this year the spotlight is on abdominal obesity also known as belly fat.
Research shows that men are more likely to be overweight with 68% of men now overweight or obese, with this they are more likely to face health problems such as diabetes because they are overweight. They are also less likely to get support to tackle their weight problems from health professionals.
The Men’s Health Forum is raising awareness this week and challenging men to consider whether they have a Hazardous Waist.
A Hazardous waist is defined as being over 37inches (94cm) and puts an individual at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Move more – Eat well – Watch the booze
Read more online at the Men’s Health Forum website
Men in Sheds
Research has shown that involvement in a Men’s Shed has a range of health benefits for those involved. The Shed environment has been proven to be a conduit to changes in health related behaviour amongst men. A paper written for the UK Mens Shed Association by Dr. Snorri Bjorn Rafnsson, UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health entitled “Social engagement, health and wellbeing of older men” identifies a surprising number of ways that community involvement has health benefits for men ranging from reduced impact of a disability, improved dental health, reduced use of medications, lower levels of depression, reduced emotional distress and delayed onset of dementia.