THE Ulster Cancer Foundation (UCF) has launched a new ‘ManAlive’ project to bring life-saving messages and health checks to men in the Southern Trust area.
Men will now be able to access information on body composition and weight management, how to stop smoking, taking care in the sun and early detection advice, plus free health checks for cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
There will also be interactive health promotion sessions and self development programmes to help improve men’s health.
At the launch of the project in Newry last week, UCF unveiled the ManAlive vehicle - ‘The Man Van’ – a mobile unit which can accommodate one-to-one health awareness sessions and health checks for men on their doorstep.
Staffed by a UCF health promotion nurse and senior cancer prevention staff, the vehicle is designed to aid early detection, provide on-the-spot cancer prevention information and referral and sign posting opportunities to reduce men’s risk of cancer and to improve their overall health.
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the project and will also provide secure parking for the vehicle overnight at Newry Fire Station throughout the three-year period of the project.