Em­pha­sis goes on men’s health


Eat well, work out and don’t smoke – those are the mes­sages pro­moted by the Porirua Men United group leading up to Men’s Health Week this week.

The com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive is led by a group of men from health, com­mu­nity and so­cial providers in Porirua.

Events have in­cluded a Botham­ley Park run, Crossfit, a State of Men quiz night at Norths club rooms and a Colo­nial Knob run last weekend.

Com­pass Health em­ployee Paul Mar­shall said about 50 people had at­tended each event, and each had been a big suc­cess.

‘‘We are mak­ing good in­roads for our first year at this,’’ he said.

‘‘We have al­ways done things like this in isolation and we thought this year we would try to get some pro­mo­tion for men’s health.

‘‘Rather than be­ing the am­bu­lance at the bot­tom, our mes­sage is how to pre­vent things.’’

Mar­shall said Men United wanted to make the pro­mo­tion an an­nual thing.

The fi­nal event, a break­fast, is on Wed­nes­day at 7am, at the Porirua Club.

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