Men’s Health Week (MHW) aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages, support men and boys to make healthier lifestyle choices, and encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
Men’s Health Week always begins on the Monday before Father’s Day and ends on Father’s Day itself.
It is celebrated in many European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of other places worldwide. The overall aims of MHW are to:
- Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
- Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices/activities.
- Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
Research clearly shows that men on the island of Ireland experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and die too young. On average, they:
- die younger than women do;
- have higher death rates than females for almost all of the leading causes of death and at all ages;
- adopt lifestyles which are responsible for a large proportion of chronic diseases;
- present later to health services, which can lead to a number of problems becoming untreatable.
Men’s Health Week offers an ideal opportunity to do something positive and realistic to improve both your own health, and the health of men and boys across the island of Ireland.
The celebration of Men’s Health Week on the island of Ireland in 2021 was funded by the Health Service Executive Health and Wellbeing and the Public Health Agency.
Roscommon Sports Partnership promotes Men’s Health Week annually.