Welcome to Men’s Health Week

Hi, great to see you. Welcome to Men’s Health Week.

We’re here to help you get right on top of your biggest and most important asset – your health.

We promise no preaching, no blaming, no guilt. Instead we want to help you understand some of the things we need to be doing to keep our health good and to enable us to enjoy the lives we lead.

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.

Registered Master Builders

Shed builds both team & funds for top cause

Longtime MHW supporters, Registered Master Builders, teamed with construction industry trainees from NZMA in Auckland to build a shed through Men’s Health Week. This 10 sqm shed/sleepout will be sold on Trade Me with funds raised going to Mike King’s I Am Hope Trust, bringing the positive messages of hope and suicide prevention to schools around the country.

Through the week the trainees grew as a team, with tutors describing earlier arrivals on site and boosted levels of attention and respect a the project rolled out. The supervising Master Builders believed all the group were capable of going on to gain apprenticeships in the industry after their time with NZMA.

MHW gratefully acknowledges the generous support of RMB, NZMA, Mitre 10 Trade (materials supplier), Roofing Improvements and of transport giants Mainfreight who will relocate the shed to its new home.

Want a superbly built Men’s Shed, garden shed or even a sleepout for home or a bach? Through Men’s Health Week a team from the Auckland Branch of the Registered Master Builders and industry trainees from NZMA made a great 10 sqm shed.The plan is to auction the shed on TradeMe with funds raised going to Mike King’s I Am Hope Trust. It’s a great cause.Details of the auction coming soon, but in the meantime check out the build and the thinking behind it here.

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Thursday, June 20, 2019

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, 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


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.

Get your free Blackmores Men’s Health Checks in June

All June you can take your ‘What’s Your Score?’ men’s health survey to more than 350 Unichem and Life Pharmacies around NZ through all of June.

Or you can complete one you’ll find in the Men’s Health Week brochure in the pharmacy.

As part of your free Blackmores Health Check, they will give you advice on developing a better health routine, plus you can get get a free blood pressure test while you’re there.

Mike Pero – speaks for MHW

Simple, honest, smart and effective advice for guys

MHW ambassador Mike Pero has his own health story to tell, starting with a routine doctor’s visit that led to finding a build up of plaque in his arteries, a heart attack in waiting.

It was in Mike’s DNA, a high cholesterol level (which people of Maori and Pacific origin can be predisposed to) now tamed with medication. It’s part of why Mike wants men to pay better attention to their health.

Mike offers some smart, honest, simple but really effective advice for guys. Worth watching.

MHW ambassador Mike Pero shares some excellent thoughts for guys this Men's Health Week.Treat your body like your favourite machine, take the time to exercise (even mildly) and when it comes time to talk (or listen) to a mate, take the time and do it.Thanks for supporting men around NZ this Men's Health Week Mike.

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Thursday, June 6, 2019


Construction industry blues discussed on The Cafe

Kevin Everett from the Auckland Branch of the Master Builders joined Mark Sainsbury to outline what Men’s Health Week is all about to Mel and Holly on The Café on Wednesday 12 June.

Recent news that men in the construction industry have the highest rates for mental health issues of any industry in NZ was a major topic on the morning. It’s young guys and older guys alike who are having difficulties, and the industry needs to up its game. The way forward is being helped with the support of the Registered Master Builders.

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

Kevin Everett from the Auckland branch of the Master Builders joined Mark on the set of The Cafe, NZ's premier lifestyle television show. They talked MHW and explained why the Master Builders are so keen to support the campaign each year.Thanks Mel and Holly from The Cafe - great to have your support for Men's Health Week once again.

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Wednesday, June 12, 2019


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.

The AM Show, TV 3

Duncan gets a reminder that we need to check things out regularly

On Friday 14 June, Duncan Garner and his Panel discussed Men’s Health Week on the popular The AM Show on TV 3.

Turns out that Duncan is not so good at keeping up with some of the age-related tests that all guys should be doing in an effort to try and stop some of the thousands of preventable deaths that Kiwi families have to cope with every year.

Preventable means that we can (and should) actually do something about some of these conditions.

Here’s a tip – make an appointment for a check up with your doctor for the same week as your birthday. That way you will remember to do it. Think of it as getting your own WOF, just like you have to for your car every year.

Duncan Garner and his panel discussing Men's Health Week. Turns out Duncan is one of the "I'll-get-around-to-it soon" type of guys when it comes to popping in to see the doctor or get any of the regular checks all of us need. C'mon Duncan - the checklist will only take you 2 minutes on www.menshealthweek.co.nzGet at it mate.

Posted by Men's Health Week NZ on Sunday, June 16, 2019

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.