Staff and service users at the Bracton Centre helped to mark National Men’s Health Week (11 - 17 June 2012) with a special day of activities on Wednesday 13 June. And in the true spirit of being inclusive - women were invited too.
A recent survey of Bracton Centre residents showed that diet/nutrition, exercise and general wellbeing were the majority of people’s top priorities surrounding health. Activities included fitness tests, health checks, a relaxation room and a selection of stalls and during the afternoon there was an indoor sports session including table tennis.
There was a smoking cessation stall, a wellbeing stand, a healthy smoothie stall and Therapeutic Working Day (TWD) Coordinator, Marlene Corke’s fascinating healthy and not so healthy food stall where visitors could guess which food and drink products contained the most fat or sugar. Winners were given a free health bar or an olive and feta cheese treat on a stick. What do you think contains the most sugar: Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Lucozade? It’s Lucozade … 17 teaspoons in your average bottle.
Staff nurse Grace Sanni and Dr Kingsley Novikov were taking people’s blood pressure and offering them advice afterwards, while close by support worker Caroline Kamau offered healthy snacks and wonderful smoothies to all that wanted them.
Two of the organisers of the day’s events were Therapeutic Working Day Coordinator, Emma Winthrop and Occupational Therapist - Assistant, Curtis Michael. They had been up early with other members of the team getting the day organised. Both said they were delighted with the turn out. There was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.
2012 is the tenth birthday of Men's Health Week. It's an international event organised in England and Wales by the Men's Health Forum and usually coincides with Father's Day, which this year is on Sunday 17 June. Every year the week focuses on different issues surrounding men's health. This year ‘heart health’ has been chosen.
Men’s Health Week organisers hope to educate the general public about key early indicators and symptoms of heart disease in men and promote healthy behaviour for men as a preventative measure for heart diseases.