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BOYZ2MEN HEALTH - LIVING WELL AND TAKING CONTROL In partnership with Leeds Men’s Health & Wellbeing Network, the Leeds Islamic / Al-Khidmat Centre and the Sikh Centre, Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust has launched a year project to target men from BME communities who have the least access to health information and services in the Chapeltown and Harehills areas, to raise awareness around heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity and help increase their life expectancy. A local community survey of 82 men in Leeds of which 15 were from LS7 and 10 from LS8 (over 25% of the sample) found that men did not visit their GP regularly (2015-161.). Research led by Leeds Beckett University (20162.) suggests that there is a need for more health interventions amongst men and particularly the poorest areas of the City including LS7 & LS8. The report states that: ‘There is a 10% year difference in life expectancy between inner-city areas like Hunslet and outer areas like Harewood and this applies similarly to LS7 & LS8’. The majority of health issues affecting inner-city males are preventable and are related to lifestyle or social conditions of work or home environment. Led by Manager Claude Hendrickson, with funding from North Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group Third Sector Grants administered by Leeds Community Foundation, the project will work with local GPs, clinical stakeholders, local nurses and community advocates, North Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group Signposting Service (Connect Well) and Health Volunteers in LS7 & LS8 to access 300 African, African Caribbean and Asian men to a range of Health MOT services and advice through workshops, healthy exercise, and dietary sessions. Claude said “we can see low life expectancy in Chapeltown and Harehills, especially among the many men under 50 dying of unnecessary illnesses; we want to challenge this and make men more responsible for their own health”. _____ END FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT Claude Hendrickson, Boyz2Men Project Manager Tel: (0113) 262 2270 M – 07831 480 196 E – claude@lwicct.co.uk Monday to Friday 10.30am – 4.30pm References 1. Local Men’s Health Community Survey, Leeds Men’s Health & Wellbeing Network, (2015- 2016) 2. The State of Men’s Health in Leeds, White. Al et al, National Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Beckett University (2016)

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