Proudly tackling men’s health with Active Breed
11th July 2018
South Western Sydney PHN is proud to team up with Western Sydney University and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to develop and implement Active Breed - a men's health program aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of local men. Active Breed is a 12-week program focusing on overweight and obesity, physical activity, nutrition, mental health and the importance of having a regular GP, and most importantly bringing the health needs of men into the spotlight.
The program is the first of its kind to implemented in the NRL and in South Western Sydney. During the 12-week program, Active Breed participants will engage in weekly 90-minute sessions to learn more about looking after their health and each session includes a physical activity component.
South Western Sydney PHN CEO Keith McDonald said he was proud to partner with organisations that were as passionate as the PHN about improving the health of local residents.
“We want all local residents to be healthy and to have access to quality, local primary health care. And we know that in general blokes are worse at looking after their health than women,” Mr McDonald said. “By comparison men drink more, smoke more, eat more fatty foods and are more likely to ignore, or suffer in silence, with issues such as depression, anxiety and pain.
“We know men see their GP less often and are less likely to comply with health screenings and on average die younger because of direct links to their lifestyle choices. This is why we are so proud to partner with the Bulldogs and WSU to make men’s health a focus and make a difference in our community.”
Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill said the program was vital in South Western Sydney.
"Evidence has shown us that sport and activity provides a crucial pathway to engaging men in health initiatives. There is no doubt that a program such as this will be more likely to engage men to look at their health. It is great that the Bulldogs have been able to work with Western Sydney University to implement a program that can only benefit men's health in a positive way."
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Website: Active Breed Website