Most men would rather hit their head against the wall than visit a doctor, it seems. But the end result is men dying much more frequently than women from preventable diseases.
Just as well there’s Men’s Health Week. It winds up this Sunday on the Tweed with an event called Celebrating Men, which seeks to make more men aware of the need for regular health checks.
But it’s more than just physical check-ups. Men also need to make sure they connect socially and emotionally and take positive steps to engage with others who can offer support, advice and assistance at times of need.
Men’s Health Week is about connecting at all levels.
Putting men’s health first is the theme of Tweed’s Celebrating Men event on Sunday, June 16 at the South Tweed Community Centre where men can start to build connections in the local community.
A mix of music from local performers, including the first public outing from the talented Murwillumbah’s Men’s Shedders, will be combined with a range of free fun activities for men and their families. There will be a visit from the American Motorcycle Club, the Gold Coast Suns inflatable will attract kids, a graffiti artist will demonstrate his art and there will be loads of fabulous free raffle prizes.
‘The aim is to combine music and pleasure with the serious message that men need to look after their health,’ said John Pitt, one of the organisers.
‘It’s also a chance for blokes from young to old to ask questions and find out information in a relaxed way. There will be spaces for them to sit and have a cuppa and a chat with a health professional if they want. Although this is about promoting men’s health the whole family, partners and wives and kids, are very welcome.’
The day starts at 9.30am and other activities include meditation and relaxation techniques, tai chi and yoga.
For more information, call John on 0423 462992.