A HEALTHY number of men attended an event designed to promote awareness of sexual and physical well-being in Bishop Auckland yesterday.

The Men's Attitude to Sex and Health (Mash) group held the activities at Bishop Auckland College throughout the day.

It featured full-body MoTs, chlamydia screening, healthy food tasting, judo and boxing, as well as initiatives designed to tackle smoking.

Organiser Andrew Dixon, Bishop Auckland College's student support worker, said: "It was great. We had a lot of people turn up and we even ran out of chlamydia-screening kits and had to get some more."

He added: "Men do not normally feel comfortable to talk about health issues, but when in the group sessions they feel they can talk freely and openly about their personal issues."

The college hopes to hold a similar event for women later this year