FITTER FASTER: At the Wise Guys men’s health event, (from left) Cr Sheila Ireland, Robert Latter of Brassall and Des Hatcher.
FITTER FASTER: At the Wise Guys men’s health event, (from left) Cr Sheila Ireland, Robert Latter of Brassall and Des Hatcher. David Nielsen

Wise Guys care about well-being

WHEN Hazel McLeod began organising the Wise Guys men's health event, she was hoping for a turnout of 20 or 30 people.

The Active Living Program for Seniors (ALPS) co-ordinator said she was astonished to see 140 men attend the event on Friday, all looking to improve their health and well-being.

"It was a really great day," she said. "We had a range of stalls with information from beyondblue, Able Australia, the Men's Shed, the Heart Foundation, bowel and prostate cancer awareness - a whole range of organisations.

"It was also a fun day too, we had 10-pin bowling, the Brisbane Broncos, a barbecue, live entertainment, rowing machines and fitness classes."

Ms McLeod said she hoped to make the Wise Guys health seminar, organised by Ipswich City Council and Able Australia, an annual event.

"After the success of the day we definitely want to hold it again," she said. "Health impacts greatly on families and the community.

"It's important to get men talking about it and address issues early on before they become a problem."

The Wise Guys event was held as part of Men's Health Week 2015.



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