Former Mayo GAA footballer David Brady is encouraging men to look after their health and wellbeing this Men’s Health Week.
‘The How of Men’s Health’ is a webinar on June 16th from Midday. It will feature a range of very experienced speakers, including the Mayo GAA legend, who will share their learning on engaging men and supporting their health and wellbeing.
Registration for the webinar is available at: https://tinyurl.com/2vct28jt
David told PJ Gallagher and Jim McCabe that during COVID he found a unique way to connect with men through a shared interest in Gaelic Football and just chatting.
Back in March 2020, a Twitter user messaged David Brady and asked if he would be nice enough to do a quick phone call to his dad, a Mayo fan, now self-isolating in Wicklow and struggling. That message became the start of a movement that continued most of the year.
David says: “From that first phone call, I had a real sense of this being something I can do more of. From then I made, I don’t know, over 100 phone calls. I even was checking on some I had already spoken to. It can be mainly focused on GAA but I find the conversation transcends into anything and everything. I’ve been on the phone before for an hour and they have apologised for not getting a chance to talk GAA. It really is the simplest idea.”
Delighted to be part of such an important conversation.”The How of Men’s Health” & how we really are beginning to understand the power of conversation & connections.We have all helped make those connections over the last 15 months.let’s continue on this together #MensHealthWeek https://t.co/CINgEGBW1v
— David Brady (@D9BMayo) June 3, 2021
“Some people don’t know who I am but just are happy to have the conversation. I usually open with something like, ‘This is David Brady, I am a former Mayo player and I was just wondering if you would like to have a chat? One guy waited about four seconds and then went into everything I had done wrong in this game from years ago. He was nearly 80 and we chatted for ages,” David says.
If you want David to give someone you know a call, DM him on Twitter at @D9BMayo
International Men’s Health Week 2021 will run from Monday 14th until Sunday 20th June and one of the main reasons that this week takes place is that the health of men in Ireland is particularly poor and will, potentially, get worse in the future. A recent report titled ‘Men’s Health in Numbers‘ found that:
- Cancer is the cause of 33.1% of all male deaths and the number 1 cause of male death in Ireland.
- Diseases of the circulatory system are the leading cause of death for males aged 75+.
- The number of males with HIV increased from 25 in 2008 to 41 in 2018.
- 42% of males are overweight with 24% classed as obese.
Across the week on Morning Glory PJ & Jim will be getting some important info out on the airwaves for the boys amongst all their usual fun.
Just by listening you could win hundreds of euros to spend at Lloyds Pharmacy where they have a free Men’s Health Check Service in all their pharmacies nationwide.
Denis O’Driscoll, Superintendent Pharmacist at LloydsPharmacy, said, “The Men’s Health Check service in LloydsPharmacy stores around Ireland is a private and free service that can help those with concerns around heart disease, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, smoking cessation, mental health, sexual health, hair loss and skin conditions. Free blood pressure and BMI checks are also available as part of the service so we would encourage anyone with concerns in these areas to drop into their local LloydsPharmacy now to talk to a pharmacist.”
And to top it all off on Friday June 18th, LIVE on air PJ & Jim will be having a Sausage party which you can be part of wherever you are just buy purchasing our specially selected Barry John sausage sizzler pack from
- Daybreak, Fordstown, Co Meath
- Keiths Meats, Wilkinstown, Co Meath
- Supervalu, Oldcastle, Co Meath
- Getin Stores, Cortown, Co Meath
Barry John Sausages is a family run gourmet sausage manufacturing business from Cavan delivering to your door all over Ireland. Barry’s secret to these scrumptious gourmet sausages originates from his unique “spice recipe” he crafted from an early age. This is the award-winning traditional pork-based recipe he uses when creating all of the imaginative quirky flavours that Barry John Sausages are renowned for.
Proceeds from sales go to the Marie Keating Foundation and the great work they do to support men on a cancer journey.
Men are more likely to talk about the news, sports or the weather than they are about their health. But the Marie Keating Foundation says it’s time to Get Men Talking because 1 in 3 men in Ireland will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives even though many cancers can be prevented and most treated successfully if caught early.
You can also text MARIE to 50300 to donate €4 (The Marie Keating Foundation will receive a minimum of €3.60. T&Cs apply Service Provider: LIKECHARITY Helpline: (076) 680 5279)