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Well, Man? Men´s Wellbeing and Health in a European Perspective 09.2010-08.2011

09.2010 - 08.2011

Men´s health and wellbeing have effects on the individuals and his family as well as on the national economy e.g. in the form of lower productivity and higher health care costs. We know that men are less healthy, have more social problems and die on the average 5,3 years earlier than women in Europe. Even if this is a well known fact the topic has been neglected in public discussion, research and in social and health care. This IP project is aimed to address the problem and give it visibility as well as suggest actions to improve the situation.

The project is looking at men´s health and wellbeing from a broad perspective: physical, mental, social, cultural and spiritual/existential. The aim is to give the students tools for their future work.  During six study circles preceding the IP the students will gather material for a portfolio that describes the typical man in their respective countries. During the IP the students will work in transnational groups using the material in the portfolios but also other kinds of sources. At the end of the IP each group will present the state of the European man as a synthesis of the work done during the IP.  

Project coordinator:

Thomas More Kempen University College, Belgium

Project partners:

Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Tallinn Health Care College, Estonia 

Klaipeda College, Lithuania University of Cadiz, Spain
Atei of Thessaloniki, Greece
Technologico Ekpaideftiko Idryma Athininas, Greece

Activities: a project team for the project WELLMAN2 (Well, MAN – Best Practices in Social and Health Care) has been formed. The team members are participating in WellMan2 intensive course in Malle, Belgium. The members of the team are:
Project manager: Ave Kõrve
Team members:   Liisi Aas, Jaanika Jõgi, Essi Vahtras, Merike Lauri