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Mens Health Week

4/June/2021

International Men’s Health Week runs from June 14 – 20 and is an important opportunity to highlight men’s health and what it means to be healthy.

The theme for 2021 is “Connecting for Men’s Health Week”.  This year Men’s Health Week is working to connect men with community, men’s groups, culture, mates, and families.

Why is Australian male health so in need of attention?

More males die at every stage of life.  More males have accidents, more males take their own lives, and more males suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females at the same age.

According to Men’s Health Week website:

  • 6 of the 8 suicides that occur every day in Australia are men.
  • Unemployed men are 5 times more like to suicide than unemployed females.
  • 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety.
  • 1 in 8 men will experience depression.
  • Men will live the last 11 years of their lives in poorer health.
  • On average, men die 5 years earlier, and
  • Are also 3 times more likely to die of skin cancer, liver disease, or lung cancer.

Simple Changes

However, there are simple changes that men can make to improve their physical and mental health:

  • Walking 30 minutes a day reduces your risk of heart disease by 25%.
  • Sleeping 7-8 hours a night reduces their risk of a fatal heart attack by 60%.
  • Being active reduces your risk of depression by 60%.
  • Drinking less than 10 alcohol drinks a week halves your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet.

We are all busy and this is a common excuse men use to not to make changes.  But being healthy does not have to be a chore and it does not have to take precious time. Eat less, move more, choose healthier options, and enjoy your life!

Stretch your arms catching a fish, bowl some leggies to your kids (or your mates), mow the lawn, walk the dog, dance with your partner; it is not hard, and it will improve your life and your relationships.

WAIT – yes, work can be exercise.  

But it does not always have a good impact on our mental health and our relationships.

Start the conversation!

Men are stubborn creatures, to say the least.  We are slow to take preventative measures and do not go to the doctor.  Unfortunately, eating healthily and exercise seem to still be things to make fun of, while drinking to excess and having a ‘dad-bod’ is a badge of honour, to be worn proudly, and even boasted about! 

The reality is, if we spent half as much time maintaining ourselves as we do our utes, fishing gear, and sheds, there would be no problem.  Considering most men’s health issues and diseases are preventable by simple lifestyle changes, isn’t it time to start that conversation and make those changes?

Men’s Health Week is the time and the opportunity to make changes where they are needed but also to share in the good things that are happening.

Please start those conversations with the men and boys in your life! 

For more information on Men’s Health week go to; www.menshealthweek.org.au 

The Tully Support Centre is funded by the Queensland Government and services communities throughout the Cassowary Coast. 

The Tully Support Centre is located at 54 Bryant Street in Tully and is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.

To register your interest or for more information about groups and other services, please call 40 681 004, or visit the Tully Support Centre online at www.tullysupportcentre.com.au or follow us on Facebook “Tully Support Centre Inc.”.

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