It’s Men’s Health Week, and there’s no better excuse to promote and support the health and wellbeing of Men and Boys in our community.
Men’s Health Week is an annual, international campaign that focuses not just on physical health, but also on men’s mental health and wellbeing.
The theme of Men's Health Week 2022 is Building Healthy Environments for Men and Boys - focusing on creating physically, mentally and emotionally healthy environments in the home, workplace and in social settings.
So, it’s only fitting that, for this year’s Men’s Health Week, we promote our top 5 Men’s Health Tips:
1. Check in with Your Mind.
With men taking their own lives at four times the rate of women, it’s clear that there is still a huge stigma around Men’s Mental Health. Don’t “she’ll be right ''all your feelings away; check in with yourself, take-time out to de-stress, and if things don’t seem right, don’t put off seeking professional support.
2. Eat Healthy Foods
As the saying goes, we are what we eat! For a healthy body and mind, we need to eat healthy foods. Packaged and processed foods are often full of artificial additives, sugar, salt and unhealthy fats. Do yourself a favour: limit your intake of processed foods, and amp- up your intake of the good stuff (fresh fruit and veggies, wholegrain foods, fiber-rich foods and lean meats.
3. Get Regular Check-Ups.
One of the best ways to promote your own health is to get regular check-ups with your GP - even if you feel fine! Regardless of your age, family history or lifestyle choices, you should be checking-in with your doc for a general physical to look at your cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure. Go on - book one in with your GP now.
4. Know Your Family History.
While a lot of our health has to do with lifestyle choices, Genetics still plays a big role. It’s important to know your family history and relay this information to your GP. If your dad or another blood relative has a history of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or other chronic health conditions, you may be at a higher risk for developing those conditions yourself.
5. Exercise Regularly.
It’s no secret that regular exercise is good for the body and the mind. It's important for your health that you find the time to get your body moving. Ideally, you should aim for 30 minutes a day, but if that seems impossible, remember that even a brisk 20-minute walk a few times a week, or a quick run-around with some mates or the kids, can really help to improve your physical and mental health.
Why Men's Health?
According to Western Sydney University “A boy born in Australia in 2010 has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old. Right from the start, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts.
Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women (that's five men a day, on average). Accidents, cancer and heart disease all account for the majority of male deaths.
Find out more on the Western Sydney University Website.