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Men's Health

Men's Health

We sometimes forget that a lot of male health issues can go under the radar due to lack of awareness. For example, did you know that:

  • 1 in 5 men will die before the age of 65 
  • 76% of UK suicide victims are male, and suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 35
  • Men are more likely than women to be overweight or obese (65.7% of men, 57.1% of women)

With issues such as mental wellbeing and cardiovascular health being ever more important in the workplace, stats like these shouldn't go unnoticed.

In June each year the world celebrates Men’s Health Week. This is a time to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it. It looks at the problem of stigma in Mental Health within Men and some of the common issues effecting men's health both physical and mental.

The more well-known the week becomes, the more men will feel like it’s OK to talk about their health issues and not just push them to the side and ignore health problems away!

  • 1 in 5 men will die before the age of 65 
  • 76% of UK suicide victims are male, and suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 35
  • Men are more likely than women to be overweight or obese (65.7% of men, 57.1% of women)

This year the focus is looking at numbers. We can become obsessed with numbers but when it comes to our own health, there are quite a few we don’t know. Men’s Health Week 2019 takes up that challenge. 

  • So the first number we need to know is 10: Men’s Health Week begins on 10th June and ends the 16th.

Key numbers for men:

  • 37 - a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Learn more.
  • 150 - men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. Learn more.
  • 5 - we should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Learn more.
  • 14 - maximum 14 units of alcohol a week. Learn more.
  • 10 - cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers. Learn more.
  • 120/80 - normal blood pressure. Learn more.
  • 75 - 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men. Learn more.

To find out more information about Men’s Health and knowing your numbers please visit:

Offload –Men’s Mental Health Programme

Rugby League Cares in partnership with club foundations are delivering a 10 week programme, designed to equip men with practical tips and tools to support men to look after their own mindsets and recognise when they, or others, require further support. The sessions are presenter by current and former rugby league players who use their lived experience to create a fun, safe, welcoming environment for men to open up.

To find out more about the programme you can watch their promotional video here

The next set of cohorts will be starting soon:

Bradford: Mondays 6pm – Odsal Stadium, BD6 1BS

Featherstone: Wednesday 6.15pm – Millennium Stadium, WF7 5EN

Halifax: Wednesdays 6.30pm – Ovenden Rugby Club,

Huddersfield: Wednesdays 6pm – The Zone, HD1 6PT

Leeds: Day and Venue varies each cohort – please contact for details.

All contact details can be found on Rugby League Cares Website under the ‘how to take part’ section:  



Men’s Health by Numbers

Men's Health by Number 3

Men's Health by Number 5

Men's Health by Number 10

Men's Health by Number 14

Men's Health by Number 20

Men's Health by Number 37

Men's Health by Number 150

Men's Health by Numbers 3 out of 4

Men's Health by Numbers 120 over 80



Care First, the Employee Assistance Programme is available to support Men’s Mental Health.

It can give confidential advice and  practical guidance on how to manage difficult situations that are 'mental illness' related and how to look after your own emotional wellbeing.

Find out more about Care First here.

British Nutrition Foundation - Health Living

Mind - How to Manage Stress

Mind - Mental Health at Work

NHS Healthy Living Support - Healthy Living

NHS Mental Health Support - How to access Mental Health Services