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Public health minister Anne Milton's first speech on men's health

In her first speech on men’s health, public health minister Anne Milton asked for suggestions on how the government can back the MHF’s challenge to get a million more men physically active by 2012. The MHF took up her offer today in a letter to the minister.

Baker, Milton, BanksMilton, pictured right between MHF CEO Peter Baker and president Ian Banks, was speaking at the launch of Men’s Health Week at Upton Park football ground, to 130 men’s health activists from Men’s Health Week partner organisations.

A trained nurse, Anne Milton is a former steward of the Royal College of Nursing, the body that set up the MHF in 1994 so the Fourm’s activities have been on her radar for some time now.

‘As a nurse I know that men and women are rather different when it comes to their health and accessing health-care,’ she said afterwards, ‘but I also know that there’s no point in telling men what to do.’

Local not national

For this reason she’s not convinced of the effectiveness of broad-brush health messages delivered nationally. ‘The Forum’s own research suggests they’re not always listened to,’ she says.

‘There are real health inequalities in this country and dealing with them means recognising these differences. The last government put a lot of money into health campaigning - you can’t criticise them for that - but was it targeted accurately enough?

‘We need different strategies for different groups in different places. What works in my Guildford constituency in Surrey won’t necessarily work in Hartlepool’ (the home town of her husband Dr Graham Henderson, the director of Public Health for the East Surrey PCT). ‘Real change takes place locally.’

She means services are best designed where they’re delivered. But also that lifestyle changes are most-effective and long-lasting when we decide to make them at the most local level of all – inside our own heads. ‘It’s up to men to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and decide to stop smoking, drink less, eat better and take more exercise. It’s up to us to make it possible.’

As an ex-smoker she’s not under any illusions about hard this can be but she says she’s open to suggestions how. In today’s letter, MHF CEO Peter Baker proposed a meeting soon.

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Mens health

Nice speech.. Those who not read above speech I mentioned some point here. 1)Decide to stop smoking, drink less. 2)eat better and take more exercise. 3)Care your health. 4) Health services can be easily delivered. 

Congrats to Health Minister

Congrats to Health Minister Anne Milton,Men's Health is a Public Health issue and I am happy that she has seen it fit to participate in the Week of activities. Her chosen career as a Nurse speaks for itself since she has seen the need for men to be more active and caring for their own health. I too am a Men's health advocate and I have seen the need here in Barbados to assist with health promotion and Health ecucation of our men, so that they can be empowered to take better care of their own health as well as their families' health. Our men's health groups are active and growing in numbers.