This week is Men’s Health Week. This is a campaign by The Men’s Health Forum, a charity that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of men and boys.

With men twice as likely to die of Covid-19 than women, the theme of this year’s Men’s Health Week is ‘Take Action on Covid-19’. Although men are more at risk of the effects of Covid-19, there are steps that men can take to improve their general health and wellbeing, making coronavirus less damaging, should they contract it. Taking steps such as physical exercise, healthier eating and quitting smoking all have a big impact on our general health and can help to improve our ability to fight of illnesses such as Covid-19.

Livewell is showcasing its male clients and volunteers who have made lifestyle changes to improve their health and reduce their risks of serious illness, including Coronavirus complications.

Volunteer Alan has lost 9 stone in two years (5 stone during his Livewell journey) through walking and sensible eating. His amazing transformation started when he joined one of Livewell’s sociable Health Walks in Alvaston which he now helps to lead. Here he explains why his love of walking combined with his desire to help others encouraged him to take the plunge to volunteer his invaluable services.

When another client, Tom, joined Livewell to lose weight seven months ago, his aim was to lower his risks of heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. He now knows that his 3 stone weight loss is also reducing his chances of becoming more seriously ill from Covid-19.

Despite the lockdown and being furloughed from his warehouse job, Tom has kept going on his weight loss journey with remote support from Livewell advisor, Sufyaan.

Read more about his inspiring story on the Livewell website.

To learn more about the Livewell service, the team and success stories, visit the websiteFacebook or Twitter page.

For general fitness and wellbeing advice, visit the Derby Active at Home page. There is lots of free information for you and your family to enjoy while you are at home, including more information on Men’s Health Week.