It’s Men’s Health Week and the main question as we move out of lockdown into this era of the ‘new normal’ is how do we move forward? Men’s Health is a pressing issue as men are historically less likely to go to a doctor if something is wrong whether medically or mentally. Therefore, Men’s Health Week is dedicated to bringing about awareness on the subject and change to the country’s strategy to tackle it. After the success of the UK government committing to a Women’s Health Strategy, this is the ideal time to launch a Men’s Health Strategy.
The Can Do Challenge
The five ways to wellbeing are five things we can all do that are scientifically-proven to help us feel better. For the CAN DO Challenge, we’re calling on everyone to choose a different way to wellbeing to try each day of Men’s Health Week.
Every day, a different way
The five ways are:
- Connect – connect with other people (eg. call an old friend you haven’t since before lockdown) #connectmonday
- (Be) Active – move your body (eg. go for a run/walk/swim/dance/etc) #activetuesday
- Notice – take notice of the environment around you (eg. turn off your phone for an hour) #noticewednesday
- Discover – learn something new (eg. read a book you haven’t read before) #discoverthursday
- Offer (or give) – do something for someone else (eg. volunteer for a local community group) #offerfriday
On Friday, everybody can give their support to the men’s health message by wearing blue. (A great initiative from our US friends the Men’s Health Network.)
Click here to see their free materials such as encouraging us to talk about how we feel about where we are now in the Covid-19 pandemic – Better mental health in a Covid world
Each year Men’s Health Week launches a manual. This year it is called Size Isn’t Everything, a manual answering every question about the male anatomy available for free download.
To learn more on the subject, go to the Men’s Health Forum’s website.