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Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is sending a shout out to men across the city to join local health professionals and expert speakers for a day dedicated to their health issues.

On November 8, 2017, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be hosting a Men’s Health Information Day at the Britannia Royal Station Hotel, Ferensway from 9.30am until 3pm.

The event hopes to encourage more local men to think about their overall health and discuss the small changes they can make to feel fitter, healthier and happier.

In Hull the health outlook for men is quite different to women. Men tend to drink alcohol more frequently and are more likely to binge or consume dangerous amounts.  Men, particularly those of an older age, are also more likely to smoke.[i]

These trends have an effect on the wider health and wellness of the city’s men. They are twice more likely to die from coronary heart disease than women and are up to 30% more likely to die before the age of 75 than the national average.[ii]

Dr Dan Roper, chair of the CCG board, said:

“We know that men are less likely to seek medical help or attend regular check-ups with their GP. As men we tend to want to be stoic and avoid asking for help. But taking the time to look after yourself and your health is hugely important.

“Staying healthy doesn’t have to be a slog. There are so many groups and services in our community which help people to stay well; both physically and psychologically. So if you need to find a fun group for a kick about, advice on losing weight or if you’re looking for a new social outlet, there’s something for you.”

On the day there will be a variety of community groups, health professionals and services, showcasing the types of support available to men in the community.

Keynote speakers will tackle topics from urban farming to suicide and paternal post-natal depression.

The event is open to both members of the public and healthcare professionals.

Read the leaflet for more info and a list of groups, services and speakers at the event.

Dr James Crick, consultant in public health medicine and associate medical director for the CCG, said:

“We would like to encourage local health professionals to join us on Nov 8. It’s essential that we highlight men’s health issues and this event is a great way to discover the kinds of support available here in Hull.

“If you work with men, this is a chance to find some useful contacts and learn more about the issues that actively affect our city.”

The Men’s Health Information Day is free to all attendees. The event starts promptly from 9.30am to 3pm. The CCG is asking that people register their interest online.

You can book a place here: http://hull-mens-health.eventbrite.co.uk

Programme for the day

9.30am – 10am                 Registration and stands

10.00 – 10.15am               Official Opening by Dean Windass

10.15 – 10.30am               Men’s health in the City – Facts & Stats (Dr Scot Richardson) 

10.30 – 10.45                    Film Slot – community group films to be shown:

  • Hull 2017
  • Yorkshire Cancer Research
  • Men in Sheds

10.50 – 11.05                   Speaker 1 – Dr Christine Leary (Hull IVF Unit) Male infertility awareness  

11.10 – 11.25                    Speaker 2 – Helen Schofield  (Hull KR)  Get fit with the Robins  

11.30 – 1200                      Speaker  3 – Mark Williams (Founder – Fathers Reaching Out)   Highlighting the issue of mental health issues for men in ante/post-natal care.

12.00 – 12.45                    Lunch – with a chance to visit the stands

12.45 – 1.00pm                 Film Slot – community group films to be shown here.

  • Fitmums & Friends
  • Hull Man Club

1.05pm – 1.20pm             Speaker 4 – Becky Price (0-19 years Practice Development Lead)  Blues Boys – a local project supporting men’s health in ante/post-natal care

1.25pm – 1.40pm             Speaker 5 – Graham Turner – East Riding FA Walking football – impact on men’s health

1.45pm – 2.00pm             Break – with a chance to visit the stands

2.05pm – 2.20pm             Speaker 6 – Jon Hilton (Hull Man Club) It’s ok to talk – how Hull Man Club is supporting men’s health in Hull

2.25pm – 2.40pm             Speaker 7 – Adrian Fisher (Director Rooted in Hull) How Rooted in Hull, an innovative urban agriculture project, is helping men’s health.

2.45pm – 3.00pm              Closing remarks  Dr Dan Roper (Chair of NHS Hull CCG)

[i]  Taken from Public Health Hull’s study – Hull Adult Health And Lifestyle Survey 2014 – http://hullpublichealth.org/assets/PrevalenceSurveyMainReport2014v2.pdf

[ii]  Taken from Public Health Hull’s JSNA Toolkit – Mortality – http://www.hullpublichealth.org/assets/HullJSNAToolkit6Mortality.pdf

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