In honour of Men's Health Week 2018, on Thursday 14th June, BCSDN hosted an men's health event in Valley Leisure Centre. The event targeted men over the age of 50 to promote the importance of physical activity as well as the need to seek health related information on a regular basis.
We delivered a walking football tournament (Danderball) consisting of 2 groups; over 50’s and over 60’s. This was a great opportunity for men in this demographic to take part in a low impact physical activity, at the same time fuelling their previous competitive nature in a fun and sociable way.
In total we had 10 teams who took part, with the furthest journeying side coming from Limavady to participate. Each team played in a round-robin group of fixtures, playing each other team in their group once. The eventual winners being the team who had collected the most points throughout. Winners on the day included Avoneil Leisure Centre who won the over 50’s category, and the “BraveHEARTS” based out of the Maureen Sheehan centre who won the over 60’s category!
All the teams celebrated the end of the event with a trophy and medal presentation followed by a healthy buffet. To coincide with the Danderball tournament, we organized a Health Fair to be held in the main hall. We invited various health agencies/organisations to come along and give their expertise as well as information and signposting to the men in order to increase their knowledge and awareness of various health problems prevalent at their stage of life.
Organisations who attended include; Action Cancer, Aware NI, Hearing Loss, Action Mental Health, Chest, Heart and Stroke, AAA Screening, Northern Trust, North Belfast men’s Shed, Northern Connections Drug and Alcohol, Healthy Living Alliance, Lower Ormeau Residents Association Group – LORAG, Take 5, Diabetes UK, Cancer Focus, Start 360, Newtownabbey PCSP and more.
The men took full avail of the services on offer in between playing their games, receiving leaflets/information and in some cases performing various tests to include blood sugar levels, blood pressure, BMI, weight, height, fat content and biological age testing. In total the event provided opportunities for over 70 men ranging in age from 50 right up to participants in their late 80’s, giving them the platform to gain a greater knowledge around their health as well as making new friends along the way.
A special thanks goes Kevin Sheehan who provided the event with fresh fruit, as well as Coca Cola who provided the entire event with free bottles of water and the Northern Trust for picking up the programme costs- a great day for everyone involved!