This Men’s Health Week, 9th – 15th June, fill out the ‘What’s Your Score’ survey and find out your annual health score!

Check out photos and videos of what’s been happening across the country.

Meet some of the high profile New Zealand spokesmen who have taken control of their own health and hear their stories.

Men’s Health Week is proudly sponsored by Registered Master Builders, Pit Stop, Cigna and Nature’s Own. It is also supported by Men’s Health Trust, Mana Tane Ora, Life, Unichem and Amcal pharmacies, St Johns and M2 Magazine.

See below for news from the 2013 campaign

Pharmacies man up for Men’s Health Week

Amcal, Care Chemist, Life, Radius and Unichem pharmacies celebrated their Nature’s Own product promotion with fun ‘dress as a man’ events during Men’s Health Week.

Participating pharmacies offered free Men’s Health Pit Stop checks during the month of June to mark Men’s Health Week. The Pit Stop check involves a free blood pressure check with some pharmacies offering additional consultations like blood sugar tests or mole mapping.

“We know that guys typically aren’t that great at proactively managing their health”, says Life Albany Pharmacist Glenn Mills “so we’re saying come in [to the pharmacy], we’re accessible, we’re open long hours, late nights and weekends. Pop in have a chat, take your quick health check…and we can take it from there.”

To see the Breeze FM’s Breakfast Show hosts, Robert Rakete and Robert Scott, take a Pit Stop Check at their local pharmacy click here.

Caltex offer Pit Stop checks for blokes

Caltex offered a lunchtime pit stop check for blokes at their Fanshawe and Stanley street stations during Men’s Health Week.

St John’s set up a health hub on the Caltex forecourt on Friday for men to test their blood pressure and fill out a ‘What’s your score’ checklist.

Men refuelled their cars, checked their tyre pressure and oil levels and then made a quick stop to check their own health was in order.

The checks proved very popular and customers compared scores and made plans to follow up with their local GP.

Check out photos and videos of other events across the country.

Men’s Health Challenge stretches Builders and Firefighters

Registered Master Builders took on the New Zealand Fire Service in a challenge of physical strength, fitness and endurance at Ludus Mangnus School of Training.

The teams were put through their paces by ambassador Ren Nafauhu in the early morning with Breakfast television’s Sam Wallace covering the action. Challenges included bear crawls, pushing giant tractor tires and seeing who could hold themselves from the bar for the longest (as pictured).

The men also filled out a ‘What’s your score’ questionnaire. Registered Master Builder, Grant Hohepa, said although the physical challenges were gruelling he wasn’t surprised he scored the best in the health survey. ‘Being the ‘old man’ here, I’m already tuned in to getting regular health checks and being proactive.’

Well done teams! Firefighters dominated the tough challenge until the last round and relinquished the lead to the Registered Master Builders team in the tractor tire push.

For more photos and video click here.

AUT students test bodies and brains during exam week

AUT City Campus challenged students and staff to a series of health and fitness activities to coincide with Men’s Health Week. The AUT Sport + Fitness Centre set up rowing, circuit, strength and flexibility exercises in the quad today and gave students a chance to test their bodies as well as their brains during exam week.

Students were also encouraged to fill out a simple health survey to find out their health score. St Johns were on hand to offer blood pressure and blood sugar level tests to ensure students were in tip top shape!

Check out photos and videos of other events across the country.

Truck drivers health in top gear

People often think that truck drivers are notoriously unhealthy – living off a diet of pies and soft drinks whilst working a sedentary job with erratic hours. However Caltex fuel haulage operators Tom Cook and Ron Requena (pictured) of Hooker Pacific have turned their health around due to stringent annual medicals required in the fuel industry.

The men have lost over 80 kgs between them, improved their diet and exercise and now have a new lease of life. Instead of a standard standard five yearly check up, Hooker Pacific assess their operators every year. The assessment includes an ECG, vision, reaction and stability tests as well as weight and fitness monitoring. Due to the dangerous nature of fuel haulage criteria is strict and operators must be in peak physical and mental condition or face being immediately stood down.

Tom says keeping healthy and fit is all about maintenance. He brings his own food to work and exercises on a cross trainer at home as the gym didn’t suit his shift work. Ron reckons Men’s Health Week is a great idea “Men believe we’re invincible and we’re not. Just small changes can make a big difference to whether or not you’re there for your family in the future.” We agree!

To see a video interview click here.

Fishing trip tackles men’s issues

The Cancer Society – Mens Health Division, Mana Tane Ora o Aotearoa and local Wellington iwi Ngati Toa, hosted the inaugural Talk About Your Tackle fishing trip on Monday to coincide with Men’s Health Week.

The day was a great success with a group of about 15 heading out of Porirua Harbour for an afternoon of fishing, fun and sharing of personal health stories. The group was made up of kaumatua as well as younger men, most of whom had dealt with health issues such as cancer and heart disease.

Men’s Health Week Ambassador Brendon Pongia (pictured) came along to support the kaupapa and even managed to catch a fish or two in between hanging out with the guys and spreading the Men’s Health Week gospel. Maori Television sent a film crew along to cover the event with coverage of this story that will screen on Tuesday 11th at 5.30 pm, 7.30 pm and 11.00 pm.

A big thanks to the Captain for the day George Elkington and his crew for their generosity and time and for supporting this awesome kaupapa.

Pharmacist scores for Men’s Health Week

Life Albany Pharmacist and Men’s Health Week ambassador, Glenn Mills, was presented with a framed Men’s Health Week poster at the Pharmacy Brands launch on Monday morning. Pharmacy Brands, Sanofi and Nature’s Own staff had the opportunity to have a Pit Stop Health Check with their pin up pharmacist as well as celebrating the start of the campaign.

Glenn says prevention is better than cure. “I know that we men often don’t give enough attention to our health. Pharmacies are open late nights and weekends so really there’s no excuse for guys not to pop in and spend 10 minutes having a discussion about their health.”

Find your nearest participating pharmacy here or check out our Events Page for more information.

Men’s Health Trust breakfast kicks of the week

Men’s Health Week 2013 kicked off early Monday morning with the Men’s Health Trust breakfast at Eden Park. Around 300 guests gathered for a blokes breakfast and shared in some inspiring stories from guest speakers Ian Jones (pictured), Phil Gifford and Sir Ray Avery.

Dr Graeme Washer reminded us that every day eight men are dying of preventable diseases and we can change this by getting proactive!

Find out more about Men’s Health Trust by visiting their website.

Caltex spring into action for Men’s Health Week

Caltex launched into Men’s Health Week on Friday with a sweat-inducing fitness challenge. Heels were kicked off and ties were loosened as head office employees threw themselves into a one minute personal fitness challenge. This was led by ambassadors Ren and Joe Nafauhu of the Ludus Magnus School of Training.

Staff took a Men’s Health Pit Stop Check with St Johns and had an insight into some the wider health policy issues as addressed by Dr Rhys Jones of the University of Auckland.

Racing legend joins Men’s Health Week team

We’re pleased to announce that legendary New Zealand racing driver, Greg Murphy, has joined the Men’s Health Week ambassador team!

Murph is a big advocate of New Zealand men being more proactive at managing their health.

“Just like a car needs regularly servicing, our bodies need an annual warrant of fitness. So take action, check out your health score and take a Men’s Health Pit Stop Check. It’s free to do and prevention is better than cure,” he says.

So gentlemen, start your engines! Are your nuts and bolts in order? Get online and check your oil pressure (blood pressure); have your chassis checked (BMI body mass index) and test your shock absorbers (stress levels).

Find out if you pass your annual WOF here!