Sunderland legend kicks off drive to improve men’s health

Jimmy Shoulder, Len Ashurst, deputy mayor Iain Kay, Yusuf Meah and Malcolm Bramley formerly of Sunderland Football Club at the Men's Health event

Jimmy Shoulder, Len Ashurst, deputy mayor Iain Kay, Yusuf Meah and Malcolm Bramley formerly of Sunderland Football Club at the Men's Health event

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WEARSIDE men have been checking out their health and footy skills at anevent in Sunderland city centre.

Deputy Mayor Iain Kay officially opened the Men’s Health event alongside former SAFC stalwarts Len Ashurst and Jimmy Shoulder.

The event, part of national Men’s Health Week, was held outside Marks and Spencer in High Street West. It was organised by the Sunderland Men’s Health Steering Group led by NHS South of Tyne and Wear, working on behalf of Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust (TPCT).

Medical experts were on hand to assess lifestyle and offer blood pressure tests as well as Body Mass Index calculations.

Men aged between 40 and 74 also had a free more in-depth assessment based on questions and measurements such as age, family history, height, weight and blood pressure.

There was be a blood test on offer to measure cholesterol.

Depending on a patient’s results, they were then either offered advice on lifestyle changes, referred to their GP for further tests or treatment, or guided towards specific services which can help with alcohol and smoking problems.

Patients who were given a clean bill of health were asked to return for a periodic health check in future.

Yusuf Meah, promoting health practitioner for NHS South of Tyne and Wear, said: “We were delighted that so many men and their partners stopped by our event which was held to raise awareness of men’s health issues.

“Almost 100 men had their health tested with a range of checks on the day to show them how healthy they are and if they need to make any lifestyle changes.”

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