Men are urged to take health MOT

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Men’s health is set to be on top of the agenda in East Boldon next week as part of a new initiative.

Staff at East Boldon Village Pharmacy, based in Station Terrace, will attempt to raise awareness and offer men free information and advice on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle as part of Men’s Health Week.

Men often take more care of their cars with an annual MOT and service than they do of their own bodies

Raymond Mackie, owner and pharmacist at East Boldon Village Pharmacy

Men will be able to sign up for a free health check, as well as access services such as blood pressure testing and weight management, while free ‘man manuals’ produced by the Men’s Health Forum will provide tips on how to stay healthy.

Statistics show that one in five men will die before the age of 65, with life expectancy 9.9 years lower for men and 8.3 years lower for women in the most deprived areas of South Tyneside, compared to the least deprived areas.

Owner and pharmacist Raymond Mackie said: “Men often take more care of their cars with an annual MoT and service than they do of their own bodies.

“They invariably lead busy lives, but it is important to put time aside to be aware of potential dangers before health concerns escalate.

“Our services are convenient, free and completely confidential.

“We hope celebrating men’s health week will help raise awareness with local men about health issues, encouraging them to take action.”

The initiative at East Boldon Village Pharmacy is one of hundreds taking place across the country during Men’s Health Week, which runs between next Monday and Saturday.

The week is organised by the Men’s Health Forum, a charity which promotes men’s health and is backed by a range of other health organisations and charities.

This year’s Men’s Health Week is encouraging men to look after their relationships and wellbeing, not to smoke, drink sensibly and be active.

They are also being encouraged to watch their weight and turn up to their NHS health check.

For information on local health statistics, visit