Men’s Health Month In The Highlands

More than 100 people heard about the importance of men exercising, as part of the fourth and final talk for Southern Highlands Men’s Health Month.

Dr Terry Flynn, the Wingecarribee Health Association for Men (WHAM) patron, said the community’s response had been overwhelming and its demand for more provided his association with an enormous boost of encouragement. St Jude’s Church auditorium in Bowral was filled last Monday evening to hear several experts speak about a range of men’s health issues.

Dr Vince Roche spoke first, and noted the Dr Terry Flynn had benefited form having a healthy exercise regime when he was involved in a nasty car accident a couple of years ago, which aided in his survival and recovery.

Dr Simon Grant pointed out the Australia was facing a silent pandemic of diabetes, as a result of the aging population, rising obesity, dietary changes and sedentary lifestyles.

Dr Shirhan Ho introduced various bariatric procedures that are used to assist in the fight against obesity.

Who would have thought that seeing a dentist would be such an entertaining event, however Dr Patrick Meaney did just that when he introduced dental health for men. while only 57 per cent of men would have visited a dentist in the last 12 months they usually visit for a problem and were more likely to lose teeth to decay. So it is no wonder everyone seemed to have a question.

The take away message form this year’s event was to establish an early relationship with our health professionals as this would usually prevent any substantial surprises later. With feedback on several subjects that people were interested in hearing about, WHAM will be working towards more information nights and a tenpin bowling fundraiser in the new year.

Taken from Southern Highlands News Wednesday 9th December




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