Free brekkie and golf for men’s health

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham and Beth Muller

Lo­cal men’s health char­ity OzHelp Foun­da­tion is host­ing a “Blokes, Breakkie and Ban­ter” break­fast and golf day at the Kar­ratha Coun­try Club this Fri­day as part of Men’s Health Week.

From 6am on­wards Kar­ratha blokes are in­vited to join in on a free buf­fet break­fast and a com­ple­men­tary nine holes of golf — club and ball hire in­cluded.

OzHelp Pil­bara project of­fi­cer Sarah Boagey said res­i­dents should get be­hind the cause.

“There are more men than women in the Pil­bara and the na­ture of the FIFO life adds that ex­tra de­gree of dif­fi­culty to their lives,” she said.

“Tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the phys­i­cal iso­la­tion and the poor health seek­ing be­hav­iours of men, there is a stronger need to fo­cus on both men’s phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing here.”

The Heart Foun­da­tion is also do­ing their bit dur­ing Men’s Health Week by start­ing the “Bring a Bloke” cam­paign to en­cour­age more men to get ac­tive.

Heart Foun­da­tion Walk­ing is call­ing on par­tic­i­pants to bring a bloke along to their walk­ing group and share a pic­ture with the hash­tag #bringabloke.

The at­ten­dance of men at Heart Foun­da­tion Walk­ing is well be­low that of women.

Men’s Health Week is from June 13-19 and aims to pro­mote healthy liv­ing among men and boys, and en­cour­age com­mu­ni­ties to start con­ver­sa­tions about how phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing are closely linked.

Ac­cord­ing to the Men’s Health In­for­ma­tion and Re­source Cen­tre at West­ern Syd­ney Uni­ver­sity, men are less in­clined than women to take an ac­tive role in main­tain­ing their own health and are less likely to seek pro­fes­sional help for prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly those of an emo­tional na­ture.

Main­tain­ing pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships and in­clud­ing reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can help men to main­tain good men­tal health.

To RSVP or for more in­for­ma­tion on the golf day, call Beth Muller at OzHelp Foun­da­tion on 1300 694 357.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Bring a Bloke cam­paign, head to walk­ing.heart­foun­da­tion.org.au.

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