This year Men’s Health Week runs from 13-19 June and is focused on getting men back on top of their game mentally and physically, encouraging men everywhere to give themselves an MOT.
Whilst living through a pandemic we have taken our eyes off other serious conditions. Macmillan Cancer Support have predicted that around 50,000 of us have missed a cancer diagnosis during the pandemic. Prostate cancer diagnoses, for example, were down 29% between 2019 and 2020. That’s not because prostate cancer is getting rarer, but because men weren’t seeing their GPs begin to get diagnosed.
On top of this NHS Health Checks, which should be offered to most people over 40, were paused during Covid.
All of this gives men more reason to keep an eye on their bodies and minds and give themselves an MOT.
As part of Men’s Health Week, we are offering FREE health checks including; height, weight, waist and blood pressure, to anyone on the 17th of June between 9:30 am and 11:30 am. All of our male members of staff were encouraged to come down and get their free health checks too. If you can’t make it on this day, other days may be available in the future, keep an eye on social media channels for updates.
We also offer a number of social groups during the week which support men’s health both physically and mentally.
FIT Blackpool is a free 13-week weight management programme for all genders. It includes a combination of theory and practical sessions to help participants to sustain weight loss and lead a healthier life. After taking part in the programme participants are invited to monitor and continue their progress at our ‘Keep Fit’ sessions.
There are also several exercise groups for all ages such as PL Kicks, Forces Football, Every Player Counts and Walking Football. All of these promote positive mental attitudes through regular exercise and socialisation with new people and lifelong friends.
If you’re looking for something less active, Gardening Club, Sporting Memories or Walk and Talk may be a better fit. These sessions take place at various locations across Blackpool and give participants a chance to escape their day-to-day life, meet new people and try new things.