Men in Gympie are being encouraged to be more proactive in putting their health first thanks to the latest in a series of state-wide events focussed on improving men’s mental and physical wellbeing.
On March 9, Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, and the Gympie Freemasons, in partnership with community health non-profit CheckUP, will run an information session as part of the Men’s Health Matters awareness campaign.
The state-wide campaign began in September 2019 and is visiting towns all over Queensland until March this year.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said Men’s Health Matters was an important part of the charity’s work in the community.
“Improving men’s mental and physical health, both at a state-wide and grassroots level, is part of our charitable focus, which is why we’ve partnered with CheckUP to bring this potentially lifesaving initiative to communities across Queensland,” Mr Mark said.
The free information session will be delivered by a healthcare provider and will cover a range of topics such as nutrition and physical activity, early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, mental health and relationships.
CheckUP CEO Ann Maree Liddy said this format is the perfect vehicle to spread awareness about men’s health and wellbeing.
“We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Hand Heart Pocket and Freemason Lodges throughout the state to deliver this campaign,” Ms Liddy said.
“The importance of mental and physical health can’t be ignored and providing a safe environment for attendees to have conversations about these matters is essential.”
Gympie Freemason Murray Wegner said the Men’s Health Matters session was a valuable event in tackling the stigma surrounding men’s health in the area.
“Gympie Freemasons are excited to be helping facilitate such an important event that will be of benefit to our entire community,” Mr Wegner said.
“I would encourage everyone to take the time to attend this free event to help better the lives of those dear to us.”
The Gympie Men’s Health Matters information session will take place from 7pm on Monday, 9 March at the Gympie Masonic Centre at 37 Channon Street.