This week is Men’s Health Week (12-18 June 2017) and the theme is Healthy Body – Healthy Mind: Keeping the Balance. It explores the different ways men and boys are managing to keep healthy, physically and emotionally, in a busy and sometimes challenging world.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says that the 11 million men in Australia usually have poorer health than women. They say:
- 1 in 10 Australian men aged 65 and older are smokers
- 2 in 5 men living in disadvantaged areas have used drugs
- 2 in 5 men living in the most disadvantaged areas have used illicit drugs
- 72 to 100 is the ratio of prostate cancer deaths among overseas born men and Australian born men
- Men born in cities live 3.4 years longer than men born in remote areas
- Only 2 in 5 men get enough exercise
- 1 in 2 Australian men have experienced violence since they turned 15 and
- 1 in 2 men have experienced sexual difficulty.
We can all do more to be healthier.
So what can men do to improve their health and keep their balance?
- At least once a year have a regular check up with your GP.
- Build resilience to deal with life’s challenges – join a club or a men’s shed, check out Men’s Health Australia, the Resilience Doughnut, and Men’s Wellbeing.
- Keep active – join a gym, walk around the block with your partner a few times a week, join a team – football, touch, cricket.
- Fuel your body properly. Eating well doesn’t have to be complicated or confusing. Understanding the building blocks of food and calculating the energy your body needs is a great place to start: http://www.healthier.qld.gov.au/eat/.