Men’s Health Week 2011 (MHW) will run from Monday 13th June until Sunday 19th June this year. It is celebrated in most European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia and a number of other places worldwide.

The overall aims of MHW are to:

 Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
 Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
 Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.

To highlight this week, respected local comedians Joe Rooney (Father Ted and Killinaskully) and Paul Tylak (Stew and Messers Tylak and Rooney) are starring in an Ireland-wide poster campaign to raise awareness of the week. The posters give a simple message to men: “These are challenging times. It’s no joke. Let’s talk”.

The health of men in Ireland is nothing to joke about:

 Local men die, on average, about five years younger than women do.
 Males have higher death rates than women for all of the leading causes of death.
 Poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases.
 Late presentation to health services leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable …

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