Men urged to take a look at their own health

Dr Amanda Doyle, Chief Clinical officer at NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr Amanda Doyle, Chief Clinical officer at NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group
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Health bosses across Blackpool are urging men in the resort to take a look at their lifestyles as part of national Men’s Health Week.

The week starts officially next Monday, June 15.

And Blackpool health chiefs are asking men to look at whether they can make small lifestyle changes to 
improve their wellbeing.

Blackpool has the lowest levels of life expectancy for men in the country.

But senior officers say small changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight through a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, quitting smoking, drinking sensible levels of alcohol and having regular health check-ups can significantly help.

And if you are in the 40-74 age group without a pre-existing condition, you can expect to receive a letter from your GP inviting you for a free NHS Health Check.

An NHS Health Check can spot the early signs of possible health problems before you even begin to notice them so it is important you attend.

Dr Amanda Doyle (pictured), a Blackpool GP and Chief Clinical Officer at NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We know that men across Blackpool tend to take a much more laid-back approach to their own health and wellbeing.

“However, it is important that they do start to think more consciously about their long-term health.

“Habits like smoking, enjoying a few beers each night or regularly eating takeaways may seem harmless now but all really are detrimental to health.”