Why feel a lemon about health problems?

1. John Ryan charms an audience member
John Ryan charms an audience member

Health issues are not usually associated with hilarity, but all that changed recently at an evening that managed to promote awareness of men’s health while also ensuring that everyone had a good time.

2. Self-examination techniques - with the aid of citrus fruit!
Self-examination techniques - with the aid of citrus fruit!

Men’s Comedy Night was held in October at Charlton Athletic Football Club and coordinated by Oxleas' Community Development Service in Greenwich, in partnership with Greenwich Council and NHS Greenwich.

Juliana Frederick, Senior Community Development Worker, helped to organise the event for the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Mental Health Forum which she explained was designed to reach out to men in the borough and raise awareness of men’s health issues: “Physical health checks were available and there was information about physical and mental health. A personal trainer was on hand to discuss exercise programmes and people could talk to staff from various health related projects, including Charlton Athletic’s Kick the Habit! stop smoking initiative.”

Award winning comedian John Ryan entertained the audience of around 50 people with a wry look at how men are often reluctant to take health issues seriously. He highlighted the importance of men talking to one another about health problems and visiting GPs if they have concerns. John really brought the house down with a demonstration – aided by a lemon and a lime – of self-examination techniques for men.

The evening ended on a high thanks to a barnstorming performance from Bromley Music Group, who recently performed to acclaim at Oxleas’ Annual Members’ Meeting at the O2 in Greenwich.

3. Bromley Music Group
Bromley Music Group

Published on 10th November 2011