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Forces get physical for Men's Health Week

0047:   Navy Ordinary Seaman Combat Specialist Jermaine Martinovich, competing for the Air Force team, wades through the mud run as part of today’s, Men’s Health Challenge at Devonport.

0047: Navy Ordinary Seaman Combat Specialist Jermaine Martinovich, competing for the Air Force team, wades through the mud run as part of today’s, Men’s Health Challenge at Devonport.

13 June 2011

The Navy showed that their team was the superior force in a series of physical challenges involving teams from the Navy, Army, Air Force and NZ Police as part of Men’s Health Week today.

The event, held at Ngataringa Sports Complex, at Devonport, launched Men’s Health Week, an international preventative health campaign that runs from 13-19 June.

The series of challenges involved teams carrying each other in a fireman’s hold, running and carrying 10K strength bags, a rowing machine relay, and running through thick mud.

Results for the challenge were Navy first, followed by Air Force, Army, and NZ Police.

Men's Health Week covers all areas of men's health - from lifestyle and wellbeing to areas of physical, mental, emotional and sexual health. The campaign aims to change the general ‘she’ll be right’ non-committal attitude a lot of Kiwi men have to their health.

“Men’s Health Week provides a great opportunity to promote a number of health issues to our male Defence personnel such as the importance of getting daily exercise, limiting alcohol consumption, watching your weight, stopping smoking, and being aware of the dangers of high blood pressure,” said the Director of Medical (Army) Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Dunn.

“Many males struggle with the topic of men’s health. A lot of this comes down to a pride or an indestructible attitude towards their health, but this can be detrimental in many ways.

“Even when feeling healthy, for older men, a simple yearly visit to your GP can improve your lifestyle and often your life,” said LT COL Dunn.

“It is about striking a balance and encouraging men to take control of all issues relating to physical, mental and sexual health,” he said.

As part of Men’s Health Week men can take a quick online questionnaire to give them a snapshot of their health. The tool gives participants an idea of what they may need to get checked out with their GP.

LTCOL Dunn said, “The online questionnaire is a good start. It’s like getting an annual warrant of fitness. We do it for our cars, and should do it for our bodies too.”

ENDS

For further information contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group,
021 569 130.


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