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Helping men to be health aware

2010-05-10

May 10, 2010, Press Dispensary. The Royal Society for Public Health (http://www.rsph.org.uk), with support from the Men’s Health Forum, has launched a new one day course for health professionals working with male patients.

Men’s health is unnecessarily poor. Too many men still die prematurely with just 66% reaching the age of 75. Men are more likely than women to die from heart disease, cancer and suicide, to be overweight, to smoke and to drink alcohol excessively. Yet men are less likely to use a wide range of health services effectively or take part in health improvement programmes. In response to these critical issues, this course has been developed to assist with the effective delivery of health services to men.

It is vital to facilitate men’s access to health information, to encourage them to be health aware, make healthy lifestyle choices and to access health services
Professor Richard Parish

Professor Richard Parish, Chief Executive of RSPH comments “It is vital to facilitate men’s access to health information, to encourage them to be health aware, make healthy lifestyle choices and to access health services. This workshop will be invaluable to all frontline staff working with men with a remit to encourage them to improve and maintain good health. “

Jo McCullagh, the course leader, adds “Working in Public Health I am very well aware of the main health problems affecting men, the barriers they face in using health services and how reluctant they can be to ask for help. Health improvement initiatives specifically for men play an important part in giving them the knowledge, understanding and confidence to help improve their health“.

The first workshop will take place on 26th May 2010, shortly before Men’s Health Week in June. Complimentary copies of Men’s Health Forum ‘Mini Manuals’ will be provided to all delegates.

To find out more about this course, and other programmes offered by RSPH, visit www.rsph.org.uk or speak to Nicolette Smith on 020 3177 1625.

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Notes for editors
 The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent, multi-disciplinary organisation, dedicated to the promotion and protection of collective human health and wellbeing. Through advocacy, mediation, empowerment, knowledge and practice we advise on policy development, provide education and training services, encourage scientific research, disseminate information and certify products, training centres and processes.
 The RSPH enjoys patronage of Her Majesty the Queen
 The RSPH is a registered charity
 The RSPH is the oldest public health body in the world, with over 150 years experience in protecting and promoting public health.
 Jo McCullagh is the Tobacco Control Programme Manager at Heart of Mersey, a CVD prevention charity working with Primary Care Trusts and Local Authorities. She is on the Health Information for Men Advisory Group and a visiting lecturer for the Centre for Men’s Health at Leeds Metropolitan University.

For further information, please contact:
Nicolette Smith, marketing executive
Royal Society for Public Health
Tel: 020 3177 1625
Email:
Site: www.rsph.org.uk

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Nicolette Smith, marketing executive
Tel: 020 3177 1625
Email:
Site: www.rsph.org.uk

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