Men’s health week was last month, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop focussing on men’s health issues. Did you know that on average, men live 4 years less than women? Or that suicide is the leading cause of death for males under 44 years of age. On top of that 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety and are twice as likely to have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Also, men on average, do not get the recommended daily amount of exercise or fruit and vegetables, with 3 in 4 men being overweight or obese.
To bring light to these issues and provide easy solutions for men to take control of their health, we’ve created the below 5 Healthy Tips for Men.
1. Find a good GP you can talk to
We understand that it can be hard opening up to a doctor but starting a discussion can be much easier if you find yourself a good GP that you are comfortable with.
2. Talk about your stress and struggles with your GP
This way, together, you can develop a plan to manage stress and live your healthiest life.
3. Limit your alcoholic drinks to <10 a week
Cutting your alcohol consumption means you are less likely to feel anxious or depressed, and you will reduce your risk of developing long-term health problems such as cancer, heart disease, stroke and liver problems.
4. Be active every day
Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and wellbeing and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
5. Have a check-up every year
Did you know that most men stop seeing a GP regularly during their teenage years? When it comes to health, prevention is better than cure which is why it is recommended that even if you feel healthy, it’s wise to keep up to date with your appointments.
These health tips are just a start. Improving men’s health outcomes is an on-going process involving men, women and families, workplaces and health services combined. It’s about increasing awareness, educating and creating a healthy environment that supports men to achieve good health.
We’ve created a Healthy Tips for Men fact sheet with the tips outlined above for you to distribute or hang up in the workplace and to share with other men in your life.
Men’s Health in the Workplace
At Healthworks, we understand the importance of increasing awareness and educating your male employees on their health issues and risks. We know that an unhealthy lifestyle based on poor health choices can result in chronic disease – and have a direct impact on their absenteeism and productivity at work.
That’s why we offer Men’s Health Seminars to present your employees with practical information and realistic strategies on ways to improve their health, safety and wellbeing.
Get in touch with our friendly team at Healthworks today to discuss options to support your team and their health.