Man van leads health drive
MEN are being encouraged to take better care of themselves with touring health checks being held in the city.
A white van will be heading around Bristol this week, offering drop-in checks in the back of the van.
NHS Bristol has produced a Bristol manual of health tips in the style of a Haynes car manual which will also be given out during the week.
David Harris, senior equality advisor at NHS Bristol, said: "Heart disease is the single biggest cause of death in men in the UK, even today. It is killing three times more men than women under 75. And it's not just hearts, either.
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"Cancer, obesity, suicides and traffic injuries are all more common among men than women and contribute to men in Bristol dying, on average, four years earlier than women.
"Men are more reluctant to visit the doctor when they do have symptoms, which means they might leave it too late to seek medical help. That's why the message for this year's Men's Health Week is clear: 'you only live once – so get involved and get active'."
Among the other events taking place in the city for Men's Health Week are a healthy eating workshop on Saturday, June 16, at South Bristol Sports Centre and a series of community clinics in Broadmead, Redfield and Easton where men can drop-in for health checks and other health advice.
For more information visit http://www.bristol.nhs.uk/about-us/equality/mens-health.aspx.