This week ( 12- 18 June ) is Men’s Health Week.
Here are some of the facts you can find on the Men’s Health Week website:
- In general, New Zealand men live on average four years less than women, and yet still remain much less likely to talk to a GP about their health. Maori and Pacific men have even shorter lives
- Men are not in great shape really: 6 out of 10 New Zealand males are overweight, nearly one in four men smoke (again, much higher for Maori men and women) and 40 men are diagnosed each day as having diabetes.
- Every three hours one New Zealand man dies of a preventable illness, and every 90 minutes one man dies from heart disease, and many of these are also preventable.
Unfortunately, in general, we men are not very good at looking after our health.
Are you one of those guys?
The Men’s Health Week site make’s the very important point that small steps can lead to big changes.
Healthy eating and just 30 minutes of daily exercise can prevent some cancers, depression, type 2 diabetes and can even keep your heart healthy and pumping away. Build your healthy foundations by reducing portion sizes, fats, salt sugar and alcohol and see how much better you feel for it! If you are stressed or your diet is not up to scratch a multivitamin can help.
Remember the only thing NOT TO DO is nothing.
So guys how good are you at looking after your health?
A good place to start to become healthier is to find out what your current state of health is. This will also give you a benchmark against which to measure your progress.
This year Men’s Health Week is encouraging guys all over the country to take a 'What’s Your Score?' health check. You can find it right here on their site. I completed the quiz and identified two or three areas I need to improve on when it comes to looking after my health.
A quiz I ask my anxious and stressed clients to complete is the stress and well-being survey developed by the HeartMath Institute. This scientifically developed assessment tool measures your stress management, adaptability, resilience and emotional vitality levels, then analyzes this data in relation to your 5 Aspects of Well-Being. Here's the link to the Stress & Well-Being Survey™. The site does require you to register but once you’ve completed the survey and downloaded your results you can unsubscribe if you wish. I like to retake the survey every 3 months to make sure that my stress level is under control.
Once again - Remember the only thing NOT TO DO is nothing.
Take the first step .....
If your score on either of the quizzes is of concern then I recommend that you go and visit your GP for a check-up.
If you would like help building the motivation to become healthier or help with stop smoking, or with gaining control over your anxiety and stress levels, contact me now on 021 056 8389, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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