Men’s Health On My Mind

Ever since I was asked for my thoughts on a number of ingredients used by the food industry for a men’s health magazine, I’ve had men’s health on my mind! I didn’t blog about men’s health during National Men’s Health Week (13th to 19th of June) so it seems appropriate to share my thoughts (two really) now while they are fresh.

Fact #1: Men generally tend to have poorer health than women

This may surprise you but even more surprisingly, it’s not because of an increased risk of specific diseases but simply because men are less likely to monitor their health compared to women. Women usually make more visits to doctors over their lifetime, (probably due to pregnancies and other female-specific issues that require medical attention). There is evidence that these visits keep women in touch with health services, improving their general health outcomes.

Southwark Health Factor Challenge

My client Southwark Council is currently running the Southwark Health Factor Challenge, a 10 -week X-Factor style programme. Now in its fifth week, 13 hopefuls (split into 3 groups) intend to improve their health and wellbeing by getting fitter and eating better.

As dietitian for the Health Factor Challenge, I hosted a special event last night at Southwark Council. “Eat Smart, Eat Healthy’ with Angela Tella” was a presentation open to the public and what an amazing response! I spoke on the concept of healthy eating and dispelled some myths about healthy eating being boring, expensive and complicated. There was plenty of lively discussion and many questions about the practicalities of healthy eating.

I also ran a workshop, ‘Making Successful and Lasting Diet and Lifestyle Change’ for the Health Factor Challenge participants. The workshop explored the practical aspects of making change by highlighting the behavioural aspects of successful change and providing tools for setting and achieving their diet and lifestyle goals.

Finally, there was the opportunity for the groups to choose and discuss a healthy recipe for a Cook and Eat session/competition the following day.  I had a great time and wish all participants every success over the next 6 weeks. For more information visit Southwark Health Factor.