NATIONAL MEN'S HEALTH WEEK 2008:
For NMHW, the MHF will be seeking to work with government, the NHS, individual employers and employer's organisations, trade unions, third sector organisations with an interest in the workplace and others to improve the health of men at work.
It will cover three broad areas:
1. Men and health and safety and risk avoidance at work
The Week will increase men's awareness of 'traditional' health and safety issues (work-related accidents and ill-health, both physical and mental) and encourage employers and trade unions to develop a gender-sensitive approach (.g. literature specifically designed for men).
A significant proportion of men's health problems are work-related, (eg. caused by accidents, exposure to hazardous substances and stress). This is also an important inequalities issue as men in disadvantaged groups are more likely to be affected by work-related health problems.
2. The workplace's potential as a setting for improving the health of men
The workplace is not relevant just as a setting for the prevention of occupational health problems. There is good evidence that, even though men are reluctant to access mainstream health services, especially primary care, they will use services provided at work and take part in health improvement initiatives (e.g. weight management).
3. The government's health, work and well-being strategy
MHF is a signatory of the Health, Work and Well-being Charter and will seek to work within the government's strategy and to use NMHW to promote it more widely. By developing work in partnership with the government, the NHS and other public sector organisations, the MHF will also be able to support their compliance with the gender equality duty, established by the Equality Act 2006, which requires action to address the specific needs of both men.
The activities during the Week include:
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