Men’s Health Week: public services failing men on heart health

Men are four times more likely to die of heart disease before they reach 65 and men’s health experts are calling on the public sector to do more to tackle the problem.

The news comes at the start of Men’s Health Week 2012 which runs from Monday 11th June to Sunday 17th June.

The Men’s Health Forum which organizes the week says that policy-makers in local and national government and the NHS need to think more about the impact that the decisions they make have on men’s health

“Services often fail to do that with result that men are far less likely to access them than women,” say the Men’s Health Forum.

Nearly 1,000 men in the UK die every week from heart disease and public sector services focused on helping men and women adopting healthier lifestyles are often far less effective at reaching men.

In Brighton & Hove for example, the city’s free Health Trainer service has acknowledged that that it was reaching twice as many women and men and has begun to take actions to improve its service to men such as employing more male staff, targeting services at men and working more closely with organizations already working with men.

This year the Men’s Network is holding a comedy night during Men’s Health Week reflecting the theme “Taking Heart: Promoting Heart Health in Men”, as research shows that laughter can prevent heart disease then what better way to do this than by having a hearty laugh?

Tickets are just £8 (£5 concession) and you can BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW BY CLICKING HERE.

The comedy night provides a great opportunity to raise awareness of a serious health issue raise important funds for our work – and have a hearty laugh in the process.

We look forward to seeing you there and if you want a ticket now just click right here to buy it online today.

And to find out more about all the events taking place during Men’s Health Week 2012 see the Men’s Health Week website.

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Glen Poole is Director of the Helping Men consultancy, UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, host of the National Conference for Men and Boys and editor of the Good Men Project's International Men's Movement section. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at http://helpingmenblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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