It is essential to put your wellbeing first. Chances are, many men avoid prioritizing their health because they think that taking control of their health is stressful or takes up too much of their time. However, self-care is one of the most important, and unfortunately one of the most overlooked components of overall wellness.
10–16th June 2021 marks the week of International Men’s Health. Men’s Health Week is celebrated annually just before Father’s Day to honor the importance of men’s health and wellbeing. It was chosen for this specific time of year to make use of the extra attention paid to male family members.
Men’s Health Week was created by Congress in 1994, to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. The focus for 2019 is men’s health by numbers. The Men’s Health Forum explains this year’s focus in a series of statistics:
Key numbers for men:
- ‘37 – a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
- 150 – men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week
- 5 – men should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day
- 14 – men should drink a maximum of 14 units of alcohol a week
- 10 – men who smoke cigarettes die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers
- 120/80 – is a normal blood pressure reading
- 75 – 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men
Key numbers for policy-makers and service providers:
- 1 in 5 men die before the age of 65
- 2 in 5 men die before the age of 75
- 3 out of 4 suicides are by men
- Men in unskilled work are three times more likely to take their own lives than men in senior management
- The richest men live on average 10 years longer than the least well-off men. Richer area = longer life.’
The 21-Day Healthy Living Challenge
If you are seeking to develop a healthier relationship with your body and how you nourish it, then consider joining Marisa Peer’s 21-Day Healthy Living Challenge?
Men aren’t always comfortable talking about their self-image, or challenges relating to their body and health. That’s why Marisa Peer has designed a challenge that can give you both a safe space to discuss your experience with like-minded people, as well as daily trainings that can help you develop a healthier relationship with food, learn how to accept and understand your body, and dispel any negative beliefs held about your self-image.
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