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Our purpose at Clancy is simple – we make life better for everyone’s growing families. We play a vital role in providing fresh drinking water and power to millions of homes and businesses, as well as energy connections to vital transport infrastructure.

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Men’s health week

It is men’s health month and we want you to take time out to think about your health and the changes that you can make to improve it. Basically you will need to eat well, take more exercise and lose any excess weight that you are carrying.

We will be giving you information, testing your knowledge and providing you with an opportunity to take part in a competition to support Prostate Cancer.

It is men’s health month and we want you to take time out to think about your health and the changes that you can make to improve it. Basically, you will need to eat well, take more exercise and lose any excess weight that you are carrying.

We will be giving you information, testing your knowledge and providing you with an opportunity to take part in a competition to support Prostate Cancer.

 - Clancy

COVID-19 Facts

All the data show that men are far more likely to die from COVID-19 than women. Data from critical care units suggest that 3/4 of the Covid-19 patients who die in intensive care are men.

Men make up nearly 2/3 (62%) of COVID-19 deaths in people under 85. In the age group 85+, there are nearly twice as many women as men – the legacy of poor men’s health in general – and this is the only age group in which most Covid-19 deaths are female.

Deaths 25,228 males have died across the age groups compared to 20,288 females.

Smokers are more likely to catch the virus because smoking requires you to repeatedly touch hand to mouth.

In England, 16.4% of men were current smokers in 2018 (12.6% of women)


According to ONS figures, the major group with the highest rate of death involving COVID-19 was Elementary workers with 21.4 deaths per 100,000 males (225 deaths). The occupations in this group include those performing mostly routine tasks, such as construction workers and cleaners.

Underlying Causes

Most common underlying conditions that led to death in males aged 0 to 69 were: influenza and pneumonia, diabetes, hypertensive diseases, chronic lower respiratory diseases, diseases of the urinary system

How to reduce risk of contracting coronavirus and maintain good health and wellbeing

  • stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with when outside your home
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it’s hard to stay away from people, such as in shops or on public transport
  • do light exercise at home or outside
  • consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day if you’re indoors most of the day – this is to keep your bones and muscles healthy
  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Mental health


Outwit anxiety and low moods. See the following quick tips that will pick you up when life feels heavy.

  1. Break it down. Three 10-minute sweats can boost your mood as effectively as one 30-minute workout. There’s always time to benefit from training.
  2. Hold Steady. Steady state runs work too. Aerobic exercise reduces your levels of stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol so lace up
  3. Water Relief. Ensuring that you drink 2.5litres of water per day is the simplest way to float your spirits
  4. Do Porridge. High glycaemic Index food are a risk factor for depression so, swap your croissant for slow burning porridge
  5. Shine A Light. Deficiency in vitamin D has been widely linked to unhappiness. Take a lunchtime walk, nine minutes in the sunshine will keep your levels normal.
  6. Power Up. In a study involving nearly 1,900 people, regular weightlifting significantly reduced symptoms of low moods, including lethargy.
  7. Get Creative. More than two thirds of people have creative hobbies such as playing guitar say it builds self-esteem
  8. Soak It Up. Among those with depression, a hot bath twice a week can sink dark moods even better than aerobic exercise.
  9. Take the Lead. Waltz to better mental health with three months of dance classes. A study found that they can beat long term anxiety.
  10. Team Effort. Loneliness is a killer, due to its impact on your mood. Join a team to reduce dark thoughts
  11. Blue Screen. Watch a sad film not a feel-good flick. Counter intuitively it boosts endorphins
  12. Green Shoots. Simply entering a room full of plants can lower your blood pressure which calms anxiety. Make your workplace greener
  13. Speak Up. Psychotherapy has been shown to be as effective at treating depression as medication. Try talking it out before resorting to tablets
  14. Pencil It In. in a study, four days of sketching was enough to quash symptoms of depression
  15. High Brow. Rub the muscles above your eyebrows. This mini massage reduces anxiety inducing signals in your brain.
  16. Go Fish. Depression is less common in those with fish rich diets.

Eat well

A healthy diet for men includes:

  • eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day
  • base meals on higher fibre starchy foods like potatoes, bread, rice or pasta
  • have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks)
  • eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein
  • choose unsaturated oils and spreads, and eat them in small amounts
  • drink plenty of fluids(at least 6 to 8 glasses a day)
  • If you’re having foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt and sugar, have these less often and in small amounts.

Energy Foods

Since men have more muscle and typically are bigger than women, they require more calories throughout the day. Moderately active males likely need 2,200 to 2,800 calories per day. Your energy needs depend on your height, weight and activity level.

For energy and disease prevention, men should eat whole grains such as whole-grain bread, pasta, cereal, brown rice, oats, barley, beans, lentils, fruits and vegetables. These foods are high in fibre, help manage hunger and fullness and help fend off certain cancers, such as prostate and colon.

More than Meat

Eat a variety of protein foods, including seafood and plant-based sources, like beans, peas and soy products. Cut down on saturated fat from high fat meats and full-fat dairy products and fried foods. Instead, opt for foods with unsaturated, heart-healthy fats such as olive oil, canola oil, nuts, seeds and avocados.


7am drink two glasses of iced water before breakfast. You’ll burn extra energy as your body warms the liquid

10am take a fidget spinner to work. It might drive you colleagues mad, but you can expend 350kcal per day simply by fidgeting

2pm chew sugar free gum after lunch. You’ll freshen your breath while burning calories. It will help you resist snacking

7pm eat more protein, be it chicken or tofu. It will increase the ‘thermic effect’ of your meal, melting more calories as you digest it.

Prostate cancer research centre competitions

Legend in the Baking.

Legend in the Baking aims to raise awareness of the need for prostate cancer research to continue. We are asking people to upload a photo of a bake to our #DedicateMyBake gallery and to dedicate it to someone affected by prostate cancer. The bake could be a new recipe they’ve mastered during lockdown, a photo of a bake from a special occasion, or simply something they’ve bought from the shops to enjoy! We want to create a gallery of dedicated bakes to represent how many lives have been affected by prostate cancer. We are aiming for 252 bakes by the end of Men’s Health Week (15th – 21st June) as this represents the average number of patients who die from prostate cancer each week.

We would be so grateful if you would share this campaign with staff and encourage them to get involved to support our essential work. Perhaps a note could be added to your newsletter, or shared as a morale booster for those still working from home?

More information can be found on our Legend in the Baking website and you can download our Legend in the Baking poster here.