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Men's Health Week: Putting the spotlight on men’s health

mens-health-week-2014-blog Men's Heath Week 2014

On average, men die at a significantly younger age than women. There is no biological reason why they should, but they still do.

The Men’s Health Forum, an independent charity formed 20 years ago, is aiming to do something about it by highlighting some of the issues and inequalities affecting men’s health in Men’s Health Week which runs from 9th to 15th June.

This year the focus of the week will be on health and work, including stress.

The MHF believes that a shift in policy in favour of delivering health improvement services in the workplace would improve significantly male health in England Wales.

It says: “There is an increasing and convincing body of evidence that health improvement initiatives in the workplace are not only effective at engaging men but are also welcomed and valued by men.”

We agree. Take stress for example. It is the UK’s single largest contributor to workplace absence and costs us all a small fortune every year in lost productivity. It affects men every bit as much as women, yet it often goes unrecognised.

WorkRite’s Stress Awareness e-learning course, FeelRite, helps by defining what stress is and is not and encouraging people to look at their home and work life to identify potential problems. When aware, men and women can pinpoint areas where improvements can enable them to manage issues better. The course also provides practical information and tips on how to improve coping mechanisms with stress issues at work and home.

The next biggest cause of workplace absence is musculoskeletal disorders. Again, men are affected as much as women whether they work in an office, on a building site or in a factory.

Solutions are often simple. For example, a sit/stand desk can ensure office workers achieve the all-important mobility which will help to prevent many MSDs. Ditto for fully adjustable ergonomic seating. Other aids such as vertical mice, ergonomic keyboards and screen raisers will also help.

WorkRite’s  manual handling training course is another way to help reduce back pain and injuries.  Designed to help people recognise and understand manual handling risks that may be present in their working environment, it provides basic information on how best to undertake manual handling and to reduce identified risks.

Together, Posturite and WorkRite can provide you with a one-stop shop for much of the health and safety training, e-learning software and products you need to help make your workplace a safer, healthier and more comfortable environment for men...and women, of course!

To find out more, visit www.posturite.co.uk, WorkRite, speak to your local Posturite account manager or call us on 0345 345 0010.