May 24, 2014

Men’s Health

Here is a list of some activities that I have been involved with. Health promotion & social justice activities are an important part of my practice. Did you know that for every $1 put into prevention & promotion that we can save up to $7? So this stuff just makes good sense. Especially when health care costs continue to rise. But like any evidence based investment, it’s rarely about instantaneous gains.

As you can see these are not all men’s health related. Some are about inclusion others violence against women. It is always a pleasure & honor to be invited to participate in these events. As well, initiating fresh activities that are educational, entertaining & engaging  is also a passion.

Kamloops DUDES Club 2016-2018

The DUDES Club was established in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside in 2010, and is a proven model for Indigenous men’s wellness promotion that builds solidarity and brotherhood, enabling men to regain a sense of pride and purpose in their life. Indigenous men derive particular benefits from being a part of DUDES, including increased trust in people, social/peer support, and connection to heritage and culture. Kamloops Social Planning Council provided 1 year seed funding.

Men’s Health Week 2015

Know Your Numbers Come down to these locations and have Sprott-Shaw nursing students help you Know Your Numbers. These numbers include: BMI, blood pressure & blood glucose. Men’s health issues have less to do with having a Y chromosome as they do with differences between the behaviors, attitudes and beliefs of men. In fact it is estimated that only 30% of a man’s overall health is determined by his genetics. So we are asking men to come to one of the events and get to know their numbers. Get social, get healthy & get in the know! Poster: Know Your Numbers 2015

Man of the Month Award

The purpose of Man of the Month was to raise awareness of the positive things men are doing and build a community of champions to support positive change. This award is given to men age 18 and over who walk in a gentle way and benefit themselves, their families and their communities.  He most carries and display these 7 values: Humility, Honesty, Respect, Courage, Wisdom, Generosity, Fortitude. White Buffalo‘s Men’s Health Initiative.

Mz. JUDGED

Mz. Judged is a satire pageant of individuals dressed as women showcasing their talents. The ASK Wellness Society would like to invite you to support an awareness campaign around stigma and community inclusion. Join us and celebrate individuality and acceptance by supporting an event that will bring beauty, talent and awareness to the community. All funds will go to assist those clients we serve that are in crisis. Most people who walk in our doors are in crisis and looking for help. We provide hope and help through our nineteen different programs. What does ASK identify as a crisis? Anything that leaves a family or individual on the streets, without food, health and employment. Contestant Promo: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=b7iUmqKHzEs

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer

A groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. These diverse voices rise up in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down.  This exciting reading includes pieces by and for men and is being organized by Kamloops the VMen committee! To hear show promo click here. For more information check out VDay Kamloops.

Men’s Health Week 2014

Men’s health is about more than penis’ & prostates. Sprott-Shaw Practical Nursing program encouraged men to ‘Know their Numbers’ in novel environments. It has been said that it is a health risk to be a man. For example: men lead women in 14 of the 15 primary causes of death, are more than 4 times likely to commit suicide, heart disease strikes on average 10 years earlier, men die on average 4.4 years earlier and spend the last 10+ years in poor health. These health issues have less to do with having a Y chromosome as they do with differences between health-related behaviors, attitudes and beliefs of men. In fact it is estimated that only 30% of a man’s overall health is determined by his genetics.

 Emcee at Recovery Day 2013

Canadians in recovery from addiction will join with friends and family to build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving life for individuals, families, and communities. We believe that recovery saves lives. We envision a world in which recovery from addiction is a common, celebrated reality – a world where individuals will not experience shame when seeking help. We are passionate about sharing the faces, voices and stories of recovery in hopes of inspiring and inviting others to join us on the rewarding, yet diverse, path to wholeness. Together, we will demonstrate the power and proof of recovery from addiction. For more info check here.

“Any Mother’s Son will Do”

Kamloops First Forum on Men’s Health. Acknowledging the differences of genders for men’s health. For professionals to incorporate “intentionality” into their practice for the benefit of men as well as women. Poster: Any mothers son will do, 2012

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