Welcome to Men’s Health Week

Hi, great to see you. Thanks for being part of Men’s Health Week, June 15-21 this year.

Men’s Health Week aims to help you get right on top of your biggest and most important asset – your health.

Our sole purpose at MHW is to cause men to think. To start with the small steps that enable them to turn their health issues around. One week a year this is what we focus on, but men’s health is an issue for us all year round.

Why have Men’s Health Week?

Men are on the back foot from the start. A boy born today will live nearly four years less than a girl born in the room next door. He will be over 20% more likely to die of a heart attack than the girl, and almost 30% more likely to get diabetes.

Worse, he is three times more likely to die by suicide or in a motor car crash.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

We can do something to change these numbers. You can do that. We owe it to the ones we love and who love us. And it’s not hard – small steps can really make a big difference. Little changes can and do lead to big results. Everyone can do a little something to make their lot better.

Despite the challenge of a Covid-19 environment, Men’s Health Week 2020 has been an outstanding success. Our thanks to all our visitors and those who checked their health on the What’s Your Score? survey. Our health quizzes proved hugely popular too – give them a go. Thanks Master Builders.

Jeremy Wells mans up and gets a prostate check on Seven Sharp

Seven Sharp presenter Jeremy Wells accompanied MHW ambassador Mark Sainsbury on a double date as part of Men’s Health Week recently. The pair were off to meet another MHW ambassador, Dr Tom Mulholland, who gave each a quick and accurate test of the health of their prostates.

There is so much more myth than reality when men discuss getting a physical prostate check, and frankly it’s all bull. The DRE takes two minutes, it’s painless, and getting one certainly does not make you anything other than clever.

If you’re over 50, include the prostate check in your next discussion with your doctor. Done in conjunction with a PSA test (from a small blood sample), it gives your doctor the best picture possible of the health of your prostate gland.

Big thanks from MHW to the great team at Seven Sharp and to Jeremy Wells in particular for being brave enough to be a role model for a prostate check on national television. Good on ya guys.

 

Here's what a prostate check looks like

Seven Sharp presenter Jeremy Wells accompanied MHW ambassador Mark Sainsbury on a double date as part of Men’s Health Week recently. The pair were off to meet Dr Tom Mulholland who gave each a quick and accurate test of the health of their prostates.There is so much more myth than reality when men discuss getting a physical prostate check. It takes two minutes, it’s painless, and getting one certainly does not make you anything other than clever.If you’re over 50, include the prostate check in your next discussion with your doctor.

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Sunday, June 28, 2020

Tom brings his political support crew to Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Week ambassador and truly funny guy Tom Sainsbury featured on TV3’s The Project during Men’s Health Week, bringing a bunch of familiar faces along for support.

Tom’s supporting cast featured Nikki Kaye, James Shaw, David Clark and Simon Bridges, all wading in with important messages for all of the men of New Zealand.

They’re really funny, but come with the message that men need to look after themselves, look after their mates and take the small amount of time required to get an annual check up with their doctor.

Big thanks from MHW to the great team at The Project.

 

You have to watch this. Tom Sainsbury at his absolute best, leaving no politician unscathed. All in the name of Men's Health Week. Brilliant.Thanks for being a great ambassador for MHW Tom.Guys - take Tom's advice and get over to the MHW site and check out What's Your Score?https://www.menshealthweek.co.nz/mens-health-survey/

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

MHW – Radio New Zealand

Comedian and MHW ambassador Tom Sainsbury speaks men’s health on Sunday Mornings with Jim Mora

Men’s Health Week ambassador Tom Sainsbury joined Jim Mora on Radio New Zealand to chat men’s health issues to mark the start of Men’s Health Week for 2020.

The conversation covered not only men’s health but lockdowns, improv comedy and dinosaurs. The pair also picked their favourites from the four men’s health quizzes which are one of the features of this year’s campaign which you’ll find on this website.

Listen to the chat here.

Artist and activist Tame Iti gets behind Men’s Health Week

Perhaps New Zealand’s most recognisable face has thrown his support behind Men’s Health Week for 2020, and his message is simple – take the time to focus on your health for yourself and those who need you to stick around.

Rising 70, Tame has changed his diet and managed to wean himself off the bunch of pills he was taking to manage his diabetes and out of control cholesterol levels.

He’s gone vegan, hopped back on his bike and he’s channelling the legendary Bruce Lee daily to keep himself in shape. He’s feeling way better and is enjoying every day.

Tame has a great story, and some great advice for those of us who might be thinking that what we have health-wise is our lot. If Tame can change for the better, we all can.

Everyone's talking about Men's Health Week, including one of New Zealand's most recognisable faces, Tame Iti.Did you know Tame has become a vegan and keeps fit by channelling Bruce Lee? Check it out guys.

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Thursday, June 4, 2020

MHW Ambassadors

Men’s health is everyone’s health

Media personality Amanda Gillies smashes her way through the glass ceiling by choosing to become the first female ambassador spreading the message of awareness through Men’s Health Week.

Amanda brings a new voice to Men’s Health Week, a voice representing the wives, partners, mums, daughters, aunties and friends of the many Kiwi men who deal daily with health issues that can potentially be avoided. It’s for us as much as it is for you Amanda believes. She’s right too.

“Their health, our health, is everything.”

Amanda’s advice – start the health conversation by getting your guy to take the “What’s Your Score?” health survey. It takes two minutes but might just add years of happiness. Get ’em on it – What’s Your Score?

Men's health is everyone's health

Media personality Amanda Gillies says it's not just about the guys, so ladies, men's health is all of our health. Start the health conversation by geting him to spend 2 minutes doing the What's Your Score? checklist on www.menshealthweek.co.nz

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Monday, June 8, 2020

Registered Master Builders

Why we support Men’s Health Week

The Registered Master Builders have been the longest and strongest supporters of Men’s Health Week in New Zealand.

Watch as MHW Ambassador Mark Sainsbury speaks to David Kelly, chief executive of the Registered Master Builders, ahead of MHW and finds out that the organisation places the health and wellbeing of the nationwide RMB workforce right at the top of their priorities.

The Registered Master Builders have been the longest and strongest supporters of Men's Health Week in New Zealand.Watch as MHW Ambassador Mark Sainsbury speaks to David Kelly, chief executive of the Registered Master Builders, and finds out that the organisation places the health and wellbeing of the nationwide RMB workforce right at the top of their priorities.

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Saturday, June 8, 2019

Health advice

Yes guys, we do need that examination

For way too many men, the digital rectal examination conjures up a fear that is far more a myth than a reality.

Dr Tom Mulholland discusses why guys need to have a digital examination as well as a PSA test to check the health of their prostate. It takes just a few moments but tells your doctor plenty of important info about the state of your prostate. With the info from your simple PSA test, he or she has a pretty good picture of where you are at prostate-wise.

Want to know more about what a prostate is and what it does? Check out the Men’s Health Week quiz on prostate health. 

MHW ambassador and emergency medicine specialist Dr Tom Mulholland tells us why it's important for men to get regular prostate checks. Yep guys, we need 'em!Watch to the end.....classic Kiwi humour.

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

THE CAFE

Construction boss chats MHW on The Cafe

National president of the Master Builders, Darrell Trigg,  joined Mark Sainsbury as guests on The Cafe to outline what Men’s Health Week is all about to host Mel Homer on the opening day of MHW 2020.

“Men can sometimes get so busy being busy that something like Men’s Health Week is good to help point out things like the importance of our health,” he said.

“In our industry we’re used to testing and tagging our equipment, and we sort our utes every year. We should at least do the same for our health. We are all about our members building great businesses, but if you don’t have your health, you don’t have a business.”

The Café is NZ’s premier lifestyle television show and is watched by more than 260,000 people every week.

Our MHW Ambassadors

Coming from a variety of public roles, our Men’s Health Week ambassadors stand as proud advocates for helping Kiwi men take a closer look at their health! We are extremely grateful for their commitment to bring men’s health to the forefront of public awareness during the month of June.

This year we welcome comedian and social sensation Tom Sainsbury to the MHW team, along with emergency doctor and men’s health advocate Dr Tom Mulholland, our first statesman Sir Don McKinnon and our first women ambassador, the talented AM Show hostess and broadcaster Amanda Gillies.

All these folk have one simple message – guys, be honest, are you doing the right things for you health? The people who love you sure hope so.

The AM Show, TV 3

If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it Duncan gets told

Emergency doctor and MHW ambassador Dr Tom Mulholland joined the team from TV3’s The AM Show during Men’s Health Week 2020 to offer some simple but vital advice to men.

According to the expert, it’s all about your numbers guys. Men should know their vital numbers – blood pressure, Hb1Ac (blood sugar levels), cholesterol level etc) and importantly, understand what these mean and what is a good and bad number.

“Unless you measure it, you can’t manage it”, Dr Tom told host Duncan Garner. Check it out, and check your numbers.

Emergency doctor and MHW ambassador Dr Tom Mulholland joined the team from TV3's The AM Show during Men's Health Week to offer some simple but vital advice to men.According to the expert, it's all about your numbers guys. Men should know their vital numbers - blood pressure, Hb1Ac (blood sugar levels), cholesterol level etc) and importantly, understand what these mean and what is a good and bad number. "Unless you measure it, you can't manage it", Dr Tom told host Duncan Garner. Check it out, and check your numbers.

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

TVNZ BREAKFAST

Here’s what the doctor says….

TVNZ Breakfast host Hayley Holt and Auckland GP Dr John Cameron talking all things Men’s Health. Some good advice here.

TIPS FROM THE MASTERS #4

Stretch and flex, warm up, get ready

  • Before you start work each day, it’s smart to loosen the muscles you use most frequently on the job site before actually beginning any work that requires heavy lifting or strenuous activity.
  • Lower back pain is the most common complaint among tradesmen and service workers, followed closely by shoulder, neck, knee and ankle injuries.
  • Doing some low back stretches, incorporating aerobic exercise and strength training, will assist in decreasing pain and injury re-occurrence. Stretches can also increase the strength of supporting muscles to keep you working your best.