Men's Health Week 2019

Men's Health Week runs from Monday 10 to Sunday 16 June. Throughout the week we will be looking at what men need to know about their own health, encouraging healthy eating and drinking habits and being physically active.

Men have worse health than women

In the UK, men are more likely to die prematurely and visit their GP half as often. They are more likely to die from cancer, be obese, smoke or to commit suicide.

In addition, one in ten men already has diabetes and thousands more either don’t know they have it or are at serious risk of it. In Richmond, each year 345 people are told they have diabetes. There are already an estimated 11,825 local people living with diabetes of whom 5,385 with Type 2 diabetes are known to their GP. Another 15,000 are on the verge of getting it.

Men aged 35 to 54 are almost twice as likely to have diabetes compared to women.

Facts about men's health

This year, we are looking at some of the top facts around men's health, including:

  • One man in five dies before the age of 65
  • NHS health checks are available from age 40 to 74 years, if eligible
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25 is considered overweight. Over 30 is considered obese
  • A waist over 37 inches puts you at increased risk of many serious health conditions
  • Aim to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week
  • Aim to eat five portions of fruit and veg a day
  • Aim to do 150 minutes of exercise a week
  • Aim to walk 10,000 steps a day

Follow us on social media @LBRUT and find out more about local men taking control of their health.  

How to improve your health

Diabetes prevention

Around three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active.

We support Richmond residents to find out their risk of diabetes and offer a local service to help reduce their risk. Use our Know Your Risk tool to find out how likely you are to develop diabetes.

NHS Health Checks

Free NHS Health Checks are available to people aged between 40 and 74 years. They can help assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. You are entitled to one free Health Check every five years.

Alcohol Checker

We have created a DrinkChecker to help people to understand more about alcohol and its effects. The website has an alcohol drink check test to support residents to recognise if drinking is harming their health, signposting to advice, support and treatment if necessary.

Richmond Stop Smoking Service

The Richmond Stop Smoking Service offers free help, advice and access to stop smoking medications to all smokers who live or work in the Richmond area.

You are four times more likely to stop smoking for good, if you use a local stop smoking service to advise and offer you regular support and information.

Get fit and active

We offer a range of offers and discounts for our six sports and fitness centres, four pools, five gyms and 200 fitness classes. View Feel Good Fitness for more information on our six-week fitness programme with no contract, and feel good this summer. 

Updated: 6 June 2019