Blokes’ Day puts spotlight on men’s health
To raise community awareness about the state of men’s health and wellbeing, and to celebrate the contribution that men and boys make to the Hawkesbury, Blokes’ Day is one event not to be missed.
Men and boys continue to experience significantly higher rates of addiction, violence, crime, accident and premature death in comparison to their female counterparts.
To help address these issues, members of The Hawkesbury Men’s Group work tirelessly to bring Blokes’ Day to the Hawkesbury area. This year it will be held on Sunday 6 June, between 10am and 2pm, in the grounds of the Hawkesbury District Health Service (Hawkesbury Hospital), part of Catholic Healthcare.
It is hoped the day will continue to stimulate a level of interest in the area of men’s health and encourage the development of more male responsive services.
It is also hoped that it will encourage increasing numbers of men and boys to value their health and wellbeing as an important first step to developing more effective ways of taking care of themselves.
The success of the day, now in its 6th year, is the culmination of collaboration and co-operation of a wide range of services, community groups and local businesses coming together to promote men’s and boys’ health.
The day recognises and celebrates the resourcefulness and determination of men in their efforts to build healthy environments. An integral part of the day is identification of local industry, interest groups and activities of the local district to foster local participation and identify opportunities for local involvement.
The day highlights some of the ways that ‘Blokes’ in the Hawkesbury are keeping themselves healthy. There is plenty of health information available to all, from diabetes and nutrition, to men’s health ‘showbags’. The ‘showbags’, distributed on the day, include information from MHIRC, Andrology Australia, and various men’s health services.
Previous ‘Blokes Day’ activities have generated significant interest and attracted a wide demographic. This year there will be 100 stallholders and displays.
Whatever your interest, whether it be boats, cars, motorbikes, wood, model cars, fitness, or even food, this event is for you. There will also be lots of activities for children.
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