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  • PROJECT: GUYS & GOALS

    Target Group: 
    Men aged 35+in Haringey and Enfield

    Funded by:
    Premier League, Haringey Public Health Directorate

    Partners:
    Haringey Public Health Directorate, Haringey and Enfield Health Trainers, DAAT (Drug and Alcohol Action Team), BUBIC (Bringing Unity Back to Community), IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), Bowel Cancer UK

    Content:
    Through this specific Men’s Health Programme, we target men from deprived communities in Haringey and Enfield. The programme takes place two days a week over a ten week period. Each session consists of 60 minutes of physical activity and a 30 minute workshop on various health related issues such as weight management, healthy eating, mental wellbeing, male specific cancers, smoking and drug and alcohol misuse. Participants are recruited using various marketing techniques as well as referrals from Haringey and Enfield Health Trainers, DAAT (Drug and Alcohol Action Team) and IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies).

    After the age of 35 there is a sharp decline in men’s physical activity. Many say they don’t have the time but they also blame poor health or that they simply feel ‘too old’. Unlike women, men tend not to be motivated to improve their health, to lose weight or improve their appearance. 
    Dr Ian Banks, 
    Men’s Health Forum President


    Why needed:
    The majority of men are too heavy; 45% are medically defined as overweight and an additional 17% as obese.
    Life expectancy of Haringey men is worse than the England average and the difference between men living in the east and west of the borough is 9 years.
    Early deaths from Heart Disease & Strokes in Haringey is 89 with the national average being 74 (per 100,000 population of under 75).
    Only 7.2% of the Enfield Adult Population is physically active, the national average being 11.2%.
    There is shortage of free or low cost physical activity provision for men aged 35+.

    Impact:
    The programme has so far involved over 100 men.
    Participants recruited by the Drug & Alcohol Team have found it beneficial to integrate with men who are not directly affected by drug or alcohol misuse.
    Participants reported that their fitness levels and football skills have improved and that they look forward to the sessions “for a good game and banter”.
    The programme has created two offshoot groups by two individuals, who will be benefitting from the Bill Nicholson Memorial Fund by gaining Level One coaching qualification.
    57% of the participants attended more than half of the sessions.