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Men’s Free Health Check Focuses On Prevention

Men’s Free Health Check Focuses On Prevention

During Men’s Health Week, 10-16 June 2013, New Zealand men are being given the opportunity to take charge of their health by completing a simple What’s Your Score survey and taking a free Men’s Health Pit Stop Check at their local pharmacy.

Research reveals that every three hours one New Zealand man dies of a potentially preventable illness. A routine and regular health check up is all that is needed to take a positive step toward a preventative path.

The What’s Your Score survey covers a number of health and lifestyle related questions. The score helps men take charge of their health and wellbeing and is a great conversation starter with their local health professional, who can provide input on the next steps to lower risk of illness.

The free Men’s Health Pit Stop Checks are available during Men’s Health Week throughout the country. Participating Amcal, Care Chemist, Life, Radius or Unichem Pharmacies will be offering a variety of simple health checks that may include a blood pressure or glucose levels check and work-life balance evaluation, as well as consultation on your survey score.

Motorsport legend Greg Murphy says it is really important that New Zealand men become more proactive about managing their health.

“Just like a car needs regular servicing, our bodies need an annual warrant of fitness. So take action, check out your health score and take a Men’s Health Pit Stop Check. It’s free to do and prevention is always better than a cure,“ he says.

Radio host Rob Rakete says “Kiwi blokes need to drop the she’ll be right attitude and do the online survey. It’s a great place to start looking at our health.  We all have plenty of good reasons to be around, we have kids, we have partners, we have bills to pay, and we want to be around to enjoy our families” he says.

“The survey covers all aspects of your health including your mental and prostate health, eating right and how things are in the bedroom! So check it out and head on into your local pharmacy for a free quick health check, it’s easy and there’ll be health pro there to help you out and review your survey result with you.”

Medical doctor and New Zealand men’s health researcher Dr Lannes Johnson says that men in New Zealand live on average four years less than women yet are much less likely to talk to a GP about their health.

“Men’s Health Week reminds us that men need to be aware of what our bodies are telling us and also perhaps not telling us, as sometimes there can be some underlying issues that we don’t know about until it may be too late. That’s why it is so important men get proactive by going for a health check up,” says Dr Johnson.

The Men’s Health survey can be completed online or pick up a brochure from your local participating pharmacy, fill out the survey and also get your free Men’s Health Pit Stop Check at the same time.

Details of your local participating Amcal, Care Chemist, Life, Radius or Unichem Pharmacy are available at www.pharmacybrands.co.nz.

Men’s Health Week 2013 is sponsored by Registered Master Builders, Caltex, Nature’s Own, Pit Stop and Amcal, Care Chemist, Life, Radius and Unichem Pharmacies, and supported by The Rock FM, M2 Magazine and St John.

About Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Week is about encouraging men to take control of their health which includes their physical and mental wellbeing. By taking preventative action men can reduce the danger of major health risks including stroke, testicular and prostate cancer, cardiovascular problems and depression.

A yearly warrant of fitness check up with a GP and knowing your family history can safeguard men’s lifestyle and wellbeing for years to come. Pharmacies across New Zealand are offering a free Men’s health Pit Stop check during June. Go to the Men’s Health Week website to find out more. The key facts on men’s health are available here.

About the Men’s Health survey:

The Men’s Health Pit Stop survey is an adaption of Foundation 49’s One Minute Men’s Health Check, with input also from the Skin Cancer College of Australian and New Zealand, and Diabetes Australia. The survey is not a diagnosis. It is recommended that men visit a healthcare professional on a yearly basis.

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