posted on 4 July 2012

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have teamed up with Age UK in the fight to improve Older Men’s health in Wakefield.

The Wildcats are setting up a group for fans over the age of 50.

One of this week’s Big Match Sponsors, ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ will be holding a match day awareness event at this Sunday’s game followed by a series of activities and events for the over 50’s men in Wakefield.

In August the Wildcats will launch a Club for supporters over the age of 50, presenting more senior fans with the opportunity to meet, share their passion and allow their voice to be heard.

As part of the launch and in association with ‘Fit as Fiddle’, supporters are being given the chance to win four Legends Suite tickets to the Wildcats clash with Widnes Vikings, a shirt signed by World Record Points scorer Neil Fox and ground standing tickets to the game against the Vikings.

All you have to do is fill in your details at either of the Wildcats retail outlets at the Ridings Shopping Centre or the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office, or pick up a form from one of the Wildcats Community Trust team at the game on Sunday.

‘Fit as a Fiddle’ are sponsoring this Sunday’s game at a time when there is a real concern about the general health of men and over 50’s men in particular with some stats showing just why.

-       Men in deprived areas of Wakefield on average can die 6 years earlier than men in more affluent areas.

-       Men in Wakefield live on average 1.5 years less than the England average.  If past trends continue the gap will increase to 2 years by 2013-15.

-       Disability-free life expectancy for men in Wakefield is 2 years shorter than the England average.

-       This means that not only do men in Wakefield die younger, they also spend more of their shorter lives with a disability.

The dangers of inactivity, poor diet and also men’s attitudes in seeing their GP on health issues or going for a health MOT, are leading to increases in heart disease, type 2 diabetes and just as importantly a low state of mental well being.

Roger Jones, National Co-ordinator for Older Men at Age UK’s Fit as a Fiddle programme says: “Addressing the subject of older men and their health in an enjoyable way has proved to be a success.

“We are trying to address the health inequalities not only between men and women but also between men living in different areas of the same city.

“Men are great at taking their car for an MOT and talking about their cars problems but they are very poor at taking themselves for health MOT’s and talking about their problems.

“Age UK’s Fit as a Fiddle project is engaging with Over 50′s men in different ways to give them important health messages along with an enjoyable, fun time.”

All the men will receive advice about living a healthier lifestyles and Wildcats Director of Education, Mark Winder is proud to be supporting the older generations of supporters.

“It’s great to get involved with an initiative that will make men more aware of their health and also help the Wakefield’s Older Men start to improve their lifestyles.”

The closing date for the competition is Tuesday 28th August.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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