Men put their health in fo­cus

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Porirua Men United, a group of health, com­mu­nity, and so­cial ser­vice providers, came to­gether on June 3 to raise aware­ness and ac­tion on men’s health.

For two years the group has worked to hold a se­ries of events lead­ing up to Men’s Health Week.

Paul Mar­shall, from Porirua Men United, said the aim of the group was to en­cour­age men to take a lead­er­ship role for im­prov­ing the health of them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

Key health mes­sages in­clude get­ting med­i­cal checks as ad­vised, keep­ing ac­tive and eat­ing healthily, main­tain­ing a healthy weight, be­ing smoke­free and re­duc­ing al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

The Laugh­ing Samoans gave their sup­port to the June 3 event and pro­vided their orig­i­nal take on men’s health.

Porirua res­i­dent Collin Wal­lace dis­cussed the im­por­tance of healthy living.

He had a stroke last year and told the 300-strong crowd that men had ‘‘to look af­ter them­selves and lis­ten to their doc­tors’’.

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