A series of events took place at Wiltshire Council last week to encourage male employees to think about their general health and steps they can take to improve it.
The Men’s Health Week was organised by the council’s occupational health team with the aim of engaging positively with male staff who may otherwise be reluctant to seek health advice and help.
Throughout the week staff were encouraged to take advantage of a short Health MOT to highlight some key general health indicators and be signposted to useful sources of advice.
The council also hosted its first ever internal webinar with almost 200 colleagues tuning in to hear expert advice from a doctor and a public health consultant covering topics from testicular and prostate cancer to mental health and lifestyle choices such as smoking and alcohol intake.
One of the highlights of the week was a lunchtime session in which several male members of staff shared their personal health experience of weight loss, depression and prostate cancer to inform and encourage others to take their own preventive and proactive action.
All male employees were also sent a bespoke online men’s health toolkit highlighting the important health symptoms that men shouldn’t ignore and what they can do to reduce their risk of common health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and skin cancer.
Plans are now underway to run a similar week of themed activities focussing on women’s health.
Paul Collyer, Wiltshire Council’s head of occupational health and safety, said: “ Some men do take a bit of encouragement to talk about their health and this may delay getting the early help and advice that they need.
“Therefore we wanted to reach out to them in a number of different ways and we were really pleased with how the week went and the positive feedback we’ve had.
“As with any employer, we know a healthy workforce is more likely to be a high performing workforce and so we’ll continue to look at new ways of encouraging staff to take a positive attitude toward maintaining good health.”