Men’s Health Week 2018
International Men’s Health Week (MHW) 2018 runs from today Monday 11th until Sunday 17th June, Father’s Day. Its purpose is to encourage personal, structural and systemic change and thereby improve men’s health.
Men, on the island of Ireland, suffer from poor health and die too young. Local men die, on average, about four and a half years younger than women do. Males have higher death rates than females for virtually all of the leading causes of death. Poor lifestyles are responsible for many chronic diseases. Late presentation to the doctor leads to a large number of problems becoming untreatable. Indeed, while many of these conditions are preventable, the number of men suffering from them may, in fact, rise in the future if they don’t take action.
Men’s Health Week is celebrated in most European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and a number of other places worldwide. The overall aims of MHW are to:
1. Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages.
2. Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices / activities.
3. Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.
Each year, there is also a focus upon a specific theme. During 2018, the theme for the island of Ireland will focus upon the famous words of Astronaut Neil Armstrong – the first man to walk on the moon – when he said: ‘That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’. The key question that everyone will be asked this year is: ‘what’s your one small step to improve men’s health going to be?’
Men’s health can be improved in many significant ways if the right choices are made. Men, themselves have a key role to play in this process. The new ‘Challenge and Choices’ Man Manual highlights ten key men’s health issues. The Manual issues a realistic and practical challenge to improve the reader’s health in each area of concern, and provides them with important health tips and signposts to local sources of help and support. Check out www.mhfi.org to access the Man Manual and a host of other resources to get you on the right road for Men’s Health Week 2018.
Here are our top tips for getting healthy this Men’s Health Week:
• Get up, get out and get active. Visit www.getirelandactive.ie for hints and tips on how to get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each day
• Up your fruit and veg intake to at least five portions each day, check out www.safefood.eu to find out exactly what a portion is and ideas for how to increase your daily intake
• Look after your mental health, check out www.yourmentalhealth.ie to find out the #littlethings you can do to make a big difference in how you feel
Andy Moran, Mayo footballer and Footballer of the Year 2017, believes that “it is so important for men and boys to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours. Simple changes in one’s lifestyle can lead to significant improvements.”