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Men's Health Week - Time for your MOT
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Mon, 13 Jun 2022
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Let the Live Well Work Well team help you get back on the road!

We've all been through a lot these past couple of years. Some people assume that COVID has gone away, when in fact it hasn't, and we are actually beginning to understand how to live with it.

So, we need to be at the top of our game, physically and mentally. For this year's Men's Health Week, which runs Monday 13 to Sunday 19 June, it's time for men to get an MOT and reduce the stigma around men's health in the workplace.

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We've all taken our eyes off other serious conditions. Early-stage cancer diagnoses fell by a third during the pandemic and that shortfall has continued. Macmillan project that around 50,000 of us have missed a cancer diagnosis.

Prostate cancer diagnosis, for example, is down 29% between 2019 and 2020. That's not because prostate cancer is getting rarer, but because men weren't seeing their GPs to begin to get diagnosed. The Live Well Work Well team now want to work with male colleagues to screen, raise awareness and support one another around the workplace, as part of a physical MOT, prostate cancer risk score and diabetes risk score assessment.

NHS health checks, which are offered to most people over 40, were paused during COVID, but these are now available again through the Staff MOT and Boditrax initiative too. The team have allocated Men's Health Week to male employees, and want you to take part to understand your CVD (cardiovascular disease) risk, obtain your heart age and more.

Take these steps as part of your MOT:

  • Take notice of what's going on in your body and mind 
  • Get an NHS health check, blood pressure reading and more
  • Go and see your GP if you're concerned about any symptoms
  • Support the fight to break the stigma around men's health
  • Take charge and be the role model within your workplace
  • Become a health and wellbeing champion to support other men.

For more information, please visit https://insight.eastriding.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/ or contact the Live Well Work Well team for further resources, to gain ideas around raising awareness in your workplace, or text 'Men's Health Week 2022' to 07855 170001 to speak with a member of the team.

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