It’s Men’s Health Week next week (14-20 June 2021) and there are some great events lined up around Australia.
The official theme for Men’s Health Week this year is “Connecting for Men’s Health” which aims to spark discussion and develop ideas and events that “connect and work together across genders, cultures and communities.”
Keep an eye on the Men’s Health Week website for news of events throughout the week and if you’re running an activity let us know and we’ll do our best to promote it across our social media channels.
In the meantime, here’s a flavour of the types of events that are happening throughout the week.
Giving men's health a push
This year the Australian Men’s Health Forum is launching Push4Men, a 10-day challenge which promotes the importance of staying strong to prevent men's heart disease. People who join Push4Men will be attempting to complete 40 push-ups a day for 10 consecutive days.
Why push-ups? Men are at greater risk of heart disease than women: 4 out of 5 people who die of heart disease before the age of 65 are men. One way men can prevent heart disease is by staying strong. Research shows that men who can do 40 push-ups are up to 10 times less likely to get heart disease than men who can’t.
Push4Men runs throughout Men’s Health Week, which starts on 14 June 2021, and is a great way to raise awareness about heart disease, the biggest killer of men in Australia, and the simple steps men can take to prevent a serious or fatal event.
Know your facts about men's heart health
To support Push4Men, AMHF is also launching a new men’s heart health toolkit as part of our ongoing Know Your Man Facts campaign. The toolkit contains some great resources you can use to raise awareness of men’s heart health including:
- A set of social media tiles with 10 key facts about men’s heart health that you can share
- An infographic/poster on men’s heart health for your to use
- A Know Your Man Facts talk on men’s heart health that you can download and deliver at work or in your communiy.
Find out more about Know Your Man Facts here.
Aussie surf legend jumps on board for Men’s Health Week
Australian surfing legend, Mark 'Occy' Occhilupo, will be co-hosting a series of 'Conversations that Matter' events with our friends at Blokepedia during Men's Health Week.
The former world surfing champion will join Dr Clive Williams for the latest round of Blokepedia's popular men's health discussions across three locations: Brisbane, Gold Coast and Port Macquarie.
City of Logan goes large for men's health
The City of Logan in Queensland is a leading example of how local government can get behind Men's Health Week and promote better health for the men and boys in their community.
This year the City of Logan is promoting a range of activities including a men's mental health webinar; a seminar on positive mindset with Ben “The Blade” Johnston (a Muay Thai light heavyweight WBC title holder); a men's sheds cluster meeting; a fitness bootcamp for men and a whole range of support groups for men of different backgrounds.
Find out more about Men's Health Week in Logan
OzHelp is running two webinars on June 17. The first at 10am, looks at Wellbeing in the Workplace: A Male-Friendly Approach
hosted by CEO Darren Black with guest Carolyn Parish, Director of Workplace Wellbeing. The second webinar at 2pm, will discuss the principles of male suicide prevention approaches, highlight the final advice from the Suicide Prevention Advisor Ms Christine Morgan, while exploring the call for a National Men’s Suicide Prevention Strategy. The panel includes Suicide Prevention Australia CEO Nieves Murray with Dr Zac Seidler, Director of Mental Health Training at Movember.
Enjoy a mentally healthy breakfast
In WA, the mental health charity for children and young people, zero2hero, is aiming to inform and inspire with its 3rd Annual MENtal Health Breakfast.
Keynote speaker is former ABS sports broadcaster, Glenn Mitchell, who called over 190 international cricket matches, commentated more than 900 AFL and WAFL games and hosted the iconic Saturday SportsTalk.
Glenn's mental health struggles saw him resigning his position with the ABC and making an attempt on his own life. According to zero2hero, Glenn's inspirational tale of fighting his way back from the brink of despair is one of hope, poignancy and humour, with an ultimate goal of encouraging everyone whose life has been affected by mental illness that help is at hand.
Find out more at the zero2hero website
UQ Men's Health Week Virtual Series
The University of Queensland is running a series of online activities including a talk on Men's Health and Social Connectedness, with Robert Ah-Hoon, President of AMHF member Men's Wellbeing.
Other sessions include a look at how to keep active in an office environment with UQ's Ergonomics Advisor, Mel Browning and a look at "Managing burnout in Men" with Dr Neil Hall of the Men's Health Information and Resource Centre (MHIRC) at Western Sydney University
There's also a talk from Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson, from the school of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences on the unique challenges men face in living an active and healthy lifestyle. The talk looks at work-life balance and the potential solutions men can use to imbed movement into their day-to-day routines.
Healthy Male is all about the team
Healthy Male's Men's Health Week initiative for 2021 focuses on what it means to have a team.
Healthy Male says good health is about being the best you can be in your situation. They say it's important to prioritise your physical, emotional, and social health by staying connected and seeking support early if something is wrong, from a team of people who care about you and your wellbeing.
Find out more about Healthy Male's team initiative