Do you have a hazardous waist?
That’s the theme for this year’s Men’s Health Week campaign which runs from 12th – 18th June 2017.
Each year the Men’s Health Forum selects a particular theme for their week long campaign to raise awareness of men’s health issues, and this year it’s all about belly fat.
Why belly fat? The belly is the single most dangerous place for excess weight and men are more likely to have it.
Belly fat is a problem because it lurks not just beneath the surface but also gets down deep and surrounds your vital organs.
Regardless of your overall weight, a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of:
· Cardiovascular disease
· Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
· Colorectal cancer
· Sleep apnoea
· Premature death from any cause
· High blood pressure
So, this week men are being encouraged to get their measuring tapes out and check their waist measurements.
If you have a waist measurement over 37 inches (94cm), you are at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke and erection problems. If it's over 40 inches (102cm), you're at a considerably increased risk of all these.
Top Tip: - Your waist measurement is not the same as your trouser size. Get a tape measure and measure around your stomach at the belly button.
Do you have a hazardous waist?
A new community play called The Last Post is being promoted through a replica World War 1 bunker. Filled with artefacts and information, the mobile bunker will be visiting towns across the Eastern Valleys, encouraging people to talk about their families’ experience of the home front during World War 1.
“The idea is to invite people to help us devise the story and create the characters through attending workshops taking place throughout June and July”, said director Stuart Bawler.
Members of Head4Art’s team are on hand at the bunker to tell people how they can get involved right at the beginning. Many of the roadshow locations will also feature an accompanying exhibition in a local venue – the result of previous WW1 themed community projects developed by Head4Arts.
Head4Arts Manager Kate Strudwick said of the project; “People don’t need to have any previous experience of doing a play. There are lots of different ways that you can join in. For example, we’re looking for people who can sing some of the well-known songs, and people to gather costumes and make props. So, you can get involved as an individual or as a group.”
The story of The Last Post will be about a postman who is too young to sign up but delivers telegrams and parcels to people in his Valley’s town. The play will use both real and fictitious letters to bring to life the joys and heartaches of this pivotal time in our history.
Regular rehearsals are taking place in Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tydfil on Saturdays in June, July and September with additional workshops in locations throughout the Valleys. All ages and abilities are welcome (including families) but under 14s need to be accompanied by an adult.
The play will be performed in October 2017 at the following venues:
5 October: The Metropole Theatre, Abertillery
10 October: Congress Theatre, Cwmbran
24 October: Red House, Merthyr Tydfil
30 October: Blackwood Miners’ Institute
For more information about how you can get involved go to www.head4arts.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01495 357816
Jordan is 18 years old and currently a Year 2 student at Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone. He started his volunteer and leadership journey when he was 14 years old by completing the Level 2 Sports Leader award.
Jordan is a talented football player who has been signed by Bristol City, Newport County and Forrest Green Rovers as well as playing for the Welsh Schools U15.
Throughout this busy period Jordan has remained committed to volunteering, whenever his footballing commitments allowed. He has over 400 volunteer hours to his credit, an achievement which resulted in him being awarded in 2016 with the Blaenau Gwent 5/60 Volunteer of the Year award as well as being named Young Volunteer of the Year.
Jordan showed amazing strength of character when his dream of becoming a football player was curtailed due to continuous injury issues, and despite the disappointment he has thrown himself into volunteering, gaining as much experience as he can. His can do attitude and positive mind-set is an example to all, he has also enrolled in the local college on a sports course.
Jordan was selected for Gold Ambassador in September last year when he returned to live in Blaenau Gwent, to date; he has helped organise the BG Inspire Volunteer awards, delivered a disability workshop for new Silver Ambassadors, helped deliver Bronze Ambassador training to over 60 pupils also attended many CPD workshops.
Jordan is a fantastic coach, and is the first Ambassador to go through the new Leadership pathway to go on to paid work. He delivers the multiskills programme around Primary Schools in Blaenau Gwent, as well as having his own Mini Kickers football class at Abertillery Sports Centre.
Jordan has also mentored a Silver Ambassador for the last 4 months, and through his dedication has supported him through CPD and training, resulting in him also achieving paid employment.
Jordan is an excellent role model, who has come through disappointment and has developed through volunteering and the Leadership programme.
For more information on volunteering opportunities with our Inspire Sports Development team visit the team’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/bginspire/ or email email@example.com
Sixteen year old Libbie began her leadership journey earlier this year by successfully completing a Level 2 Sports Leaders Award.
In addition to Us Girls, Libbie also volunteered at a Little Life Sports class as part of her Sports Leaders placement, where 4-7 year olds are taught fundamental movement skills through fun and games. From teenage girls to tots, Libbie was a little taken aback to begin with but she soon found her feet and adapted her leadership skills accordingly. She quickly gained confidence and was soon able to competently deliver activities within the sessions.
Bridges into Work 2 provides opportunities for its participants to take part in voluntary work experience placements. In recent months, the project has had a number of successful placements at Gwent Wildlife Trust, where volunteers have been able to gain experience of planting, ground clearing and given training to use specialist equipment such as petrol strimmers etc
The participants enjoyed working outdoors and have gained knowledge of both plant and insect populations in the area. There were opportunities for the participants to work at a number of locations including Silent Valley, St Illtyd’s Church and Festival Park.
Feedback from Gwent Wildlife has been excellent, and they have highlighted how well the volunteers have worked together as a team.
Feedback from the participants has also been really positive, with a strong theme running through comments stating how the opportunity has given them more confidence:
“I have gained confidence and feel less anxious about returning to work.”
“I feel more confident with being able to interact with people, and more confident in applying for jobs.”
“Enjoyed the work and being part of the team, this has boosted my confidence as I have been out of work for some time.”
For more information on Bridges into Work 2 call 01495 355299 / 01495 355300 or email BiW2@aneurinleisure.org.uk