Health week to encourage men to make a Pit Stop for health

Tune-up: Residents Carl and Burt Wieman getting themselves checked out by nurse Jaswinder Kaur.
Tune-up: Residents Carl and Burt Wieman getting themselves checked out by nurse Jaswinder Kaur.

Each hour, five Australian men die from potentially preventable conditions.

To make matters worse, men are more likely than women to shy away from medical treatment of any kind.

With Men’s Health Week coming up, many local organisations are finding inventive ways of getting men to have regular checkups.

The WA government has introduced a program, called ‘Pit Stop’ aimed specifically at men which they are hoping will bring more blokes and their health care professionals together.

As men regularly take an interest in the on-going maintenance of their cars, the Pit Stop program is designed to attach this concept of regular mechanical tune-ups to men’s bodies.

To coincide with Men’s Health Week, SwanCare aged care facility in Bentley is holding a ‘pit stop health check’ at the men’s shed.

Residents will undergo a range of health checks in the form of a motor vehicle examination, including ‘oil pressure’ or blood pressure checks and ‘chassis checks’, which measure waist size and body mass index (BMI).

SwanCare CEO Graham Francis said the aged care facility saw this initiative as an important part of the overall health of male residents.

“There is a very real need in the community for increased education about healthy lifestyles to avoid health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease,” Mr Francis said.

Residents Burt and Carl Wieman were the first to volunteer for the check ups.

The brothers, who saw it as a bit of fun, also understand the importance of looking after their health.

“We will certainly be discussing this initiative with the residents to see if it’s something they’d like us to do annually,” Mr Francis said.

Men’s Health Week runs from June 15 to 21.

For more information about the week, visit Men’s Health Week.