Health Week 14-20th June 2010 - Mike Farrar is backing the Men's Health Forum's drive to encourage government, the NHS, local government, sports organisations, charities and others to work together to help one million more men aged 35-64 in England achieve the Chief Medical Officer's minimum recommended levels of physical activity by 2012.

Too many men are inactive with serious effects on their health, the NHS and wider economy. And, there is a need for the public health workforce to access information and training to enable the engagement of larger numbers of men in physical activity.

Men's Health Week is supported by the Department of Health, Sport England, NHS Choices, Royal Mail, Sustrans and 30 other organisations.

Mike Farrar, the national director for sport and health, wants more NHS trusts to get involved: "The Week provides an excellent platform for targeting men locally, especially middle-aged men whose physical activity levels start to fall sharply."

This year, Men's Health Week has three main objectives: To encourage more men to become more physically active through every day moderate intensity activity, for example, walking, cycling,gardening, DIY etc. To improve the level of male participation in sport To develop the potential of sports settings, for example, stadia and leisure centres for delivering health services and campaigns to men Source: Men's Health Forum

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