Active Health Portland To Host Mens Health Night

Thursday, 4 September 2014
A men’s health night at Active Health Portland on September 10 will encourage men to take better care of their health.

It is hoped the night will inspire men to eat better, exercise more and take more regular trips to the doctor.

The event from 5.30-7.30pm will include a tour of Active Health Portland, free health checks, health screening information, diet advice, healthy drinks and food, and speakers detailing how they improved their health.

Guest speakers will be Brian Lineker who lost 50kg and transformed his life to improve his health and the coordinator of the Portland Stroke Support Group, Jason Killick, who will detail his recovery from a stroke.

One of the event organisers, Portland District Health community health counsellor and coordinator of the Portland Mens Shed, Gerry Leonard, said many men neglected their health.

A lot of men will only go to the doctor at the last resort, he said.

This is despite men having shorter life expectancy than women, higher cardiovascular and mental health risks and more exposure to accidents.

Seventy five percent of male mortality is due to lifestyle causes,Mr Leonard added.

It's an issue that needs to be addressed and we're encouraging men to have more regular check-ups and to address their health issues.

Mr Leonard said men would benefit from the information and options available at Active Health Portland.

Apart from doctors, Active Health Portland has allied health professionals such as an exercise physiologist, dietitian, diabetes educator, health promotion officers and nurses who can help men to improve their health. It also features a gymnasium area.

Dr Scott Deller will attend the evening to undertake free health checks including sunspot and blood pressure checks.

Healthy food options and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

A gold coin donation will raise money for the Portland Men's Shed.

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