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Men’s Health Week at the Virtual Village Hall, 13-19 June

13-19 June was International Men’s Health Week which raises awareness of male health issues all over the world. Men’s Health Week at the Virtual Village Hall was dedicated to supporting men’s mental and physical well-being. Catch up with TV doctor and mental health campaigner, Dr. Alex George, the Men’s Health Forum, Andy’s Man Club, Matt Pritchard, professional coach Rob Stewart, and a team of expert tutors and presenters for supportive sessions, gentle exercise classes and mindful activities. 

Content warning: these sessions includes references to suicide, depression, anxiety and mental health challenges  

If you or someone you know may need further help, support or advice, visit the ReThink website at rethink.org/advice-and-information/ 

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Presenter: Jim Pollard, Men’s Health Forum, writer, counsellor and trainer

In this fun, interactive session, Jim introduces the Man MOT, which ensures that men are better aware of their health and know what to do for themselves and that others around men know how to support them.

Content warning: this session includes references to suicide, depression, anxiety and mental health challenges

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Tutor: April Moon, Pilates instructor

Join Pilates instructor April Moon for this gentle introduction to Pilates. Suitable for beginners and those new to Pilates.

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Tutor: Max Walsh, meditation and yoga teacher

Join meditation and yoga teacher, Max, for a guided meditation to bring our focus into a period of memories and emotions, and then work to release these through breathwork and visualization.

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Tutor: Koen Bouckaert, Personal Trainer and chef

Join Personal Trainer and healthy eating chef, Koen, for a kickstart workout using your own body weight and hand-held weights to strengthen and tone muscles, joints and bones.

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Tutor: Andy Osborne, fitness coach and personal trainer

Join personal trainer, Andy, for an interval-based workout that includes both strength and conditioning exercises. Suitable for all levels of fitness.

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Presenter: Rob Stewart, professional coach

In this coaching session, Rob helps us to step back, get a wider view of our life, and find ways to start talking that empower us.

Content warning: this session includes references to suicide, depression, anxiety and mental health challenges

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Presenter: Matt Pritchard, men’s mental health campaigner, vegan cook and endurance athlete

Join Matt Pritchard, the former front man of MTV’s Dirty Sanchez, as he discusses how and why he left his pranking and partying days behind for a love of vegan food, health and fitness, and charity fundraising. Matt shows us how to cook a simple, tasty vegan Leek, Spinach and White Bean Pie while sharing his story.

Content warning: this session includes references to suicide, depression, anxiety and mental health challenges.

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Tutor: Jo Andrews, fitness instructor and Postural Alignment Specialist

In this session, Jo and Jim Andrews look at what the body loses biomechanically through sitting for long periods, how that can negatively impact sports performance and what we can do to keep the body well positioned, ready to move and injury-free for longer.

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Presenter: Dr. Alex George, mental health ambassador, presenter, author and YouTuber

Join government mental health ambassador, Dr. Alex George, as he shares self-care advice around mental health.

Content warning: this session includes references to suicide, depression, anxiety and mental health challenges

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Presenter: Rob Stewart, professional coach

In this coaching session, Rob helps us to see anxiety in a new light and to start to bring it on side as a force to work in our favour.

Content warning: this session includes references to suicide, depression, anxiety and mental health challenges.

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