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May 30, 2010

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Men urged to get up and get active

The Men’s Health Forum has produced a practical step-by-step guide for men to get them moving and playing sport.

Designed in the style of the well-known Haynes manuals for cars, A Question of Health ties in with National Men’s Health Week, which takes place from 14 to 20 June. Written by the Forum’s president Dr Ian Banks, the 32-page A5 booklet looks at the health benefits of exercise, the basics of fitness, and how to get active again if you’ve been out of the game a while.

The Forum says it is full of tips to keep the “reluctant male” on track when the initial enthusiasm flags and includes sections on: the male body as a machine; what to eat; exercise basics; setting goals; and exercising with a disability.
Said Dr Banks: “After the age of about 35, there’s a sharp decline in the amount of physical activity men undertake, and most cite pressure of work, stress, divorce and children as the causes. However, physical activity has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as decreasing the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and can even improve sexual performance!”

Also as part of the Week, the Forum is running ‘A Question of Health’ online quiz (based loosely on the BBC’s ‘A Question of Sport’), the winners of which will be invited to attend the national launch event of the Week on 14 June at West Ham FC’s ground in east London to compete against a celebrity team, including snooker legend Jimmy White, and darts champion Andy Fordham.

To find out more and to take part, visit

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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