IPH welcomes the launch of Men’s Health Week 2018.
This year Men’s Health Week (MHW) runs from Monday, 11th until Sunday, 17th June and IPH is delighted to welcome its launch today.
During MHW 2018 everyone in Ireland – North and South – is encouraged to work together to do at least one small, practical thing to improve their own health and the health of men across the island.
This year, MHW borrowed astronaut, Neil Armstrong’s phrase: ‘One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind’, and is asking men ‘what’s your small step going to be?’.
Prof Roger O’Sullivan, Interim CEO of IPH, said “Men’s Health Week is a great way to start a conversation, take part in an activity, tweet or like an item on Facebook. It’s also a great opportunity to check on your own physical and mental health and recognise that small steps in the right direction do matter.”
Nationally, and in most cases internationally, life expectancy among men is lower than that of women. Socially and economically disadvantaged men are at further risk of health inequality. There are many factors contributing to this, such as lower service uptake, greater alcohol consumption and higher exposure to other health risk behaviours.
Men’s Health Forum has outlined the main aims of MHW:
1. Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
2. Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
3. Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
For more information, see the Men’s Health Forum Toolbox.
IPH is a member of the Men’s Health Forum and the Healthy Ireland – Men Advisory Group and worked with the MHF to develop the 'one small step animations'(below).