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| Becca Clayton

This week is Men’s Health Week. It runs for seven days every June and aims to raise awareness of the health issues that affect men disproportionately. It focuses on getting men to become more aware of health problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to take action!

Unsurprisingly, this year’s theme relates to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and is to ‘TAKE ACTION ON COVID-19.’ Using the brilliant information readily available on men’s health, and what our team of experts at Tonic knows, we have put together our guide on supporting Men’s health this June and, for good.



Are you aware that recent research has found that men’s health is in more decline and it is worse than women’s? One of the main reasons for this is simply the lack of check-ups.

Here are some astonishing and saddening facts:

  • Men are dying on average 6 years earlier than women
  • Prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years
  • Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50 years
  • One man dies of suicide every minute Worldwide
  • In the UK, 13 men take their life by suicide every day
  • Males account for 75% of all suicides

Taking into account these vital stats, we have compiled some key numbers for all men to be aware of; including the maximum units of alcohol they should consume per week; how much exercise they should do; and what a normal blood pressure reading should be…

Key Numbers for Men:

  • 37 – a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Learn more.
  • 150 – men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week. Learn more.
  • 5 – we should aim to eat an absolute minimum 5 portions of fruit and veg a day; ideally 7! Learn more.
  • 14 – maximum 14 units of alcohol a week. Learn more.
  • 10 – cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers. So, STOP or DON’T smoke!  Learn more.
  • 120/80 – normal blood pressure. Learn more.
  • 75 – 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men. Learn more.


According to the Men’s Health Forum, Covid-19 appears far more dangerous than seasonal flu, especially for men:

Both women and men are twice as likely to die if admitted to critical care for Covid-19 than for flu. Men, who make up 3/4 of critical care deaths from Covid-19, are at particular risk however. It is also far more dangerous for those overweight or from minority ethnic groups.

These are the alarming statistics, published by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC):

  • Men make up 73% of admissions to critical care with Covid-19 (and 75% of deaths)
  • Black and minority ethnic patients are three times more likely to be in critical care for Covid-19
  • Three quarters (74%) of admissions to critical care are in people who are overweight or obese
  •  Over half (54%) of men in critical care for Covid-19 die

There is no doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic has affected us all. However, experts show that the virus affects men more. This mean’s that it is more important than ever that men stop ignoring check-ups, health problems or underlying issues. It really is time to break that barrier and take action!


  • You don’t have a permanent doctor
  • There’s probably nothing wrong
  • You don’t have the time
  • You can ‘tough’ it out
  • Don’t want to hear any worrying news
  • Don’t want to be ‘nagged’ into it

As a man, how many of these can you relate to??? Be honest!

As a woman (mother, partner or sibling) how many of these have you heard before???

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‘Sadly, the stereotype is true! Men are very casual about their own health, some even disinterested. They are much more likely to chat about current events (36 percent), sports (32 percent) and their job (32 percent), rather than their health (only 7 percent).’ Every Day Health

However, this needs to change. Whether it mean’s making more time or facing your fears, it surely has to be time that men start looking after their health more, and the Tonic Team can help.


It is not about being negative, far from it. It is about bringing about change. With astonishing statistics showing that men account for 75% of suicides worldwide every year and men are dying on average six years earlier than women,  it is paramount that men take their health and wellbeing seriously.

This is where we can help. Tonic is passionate about educating, encouraging and improving health and wellbeing in the workplace (for women too)! In our life time we spend roughly 90,000 hours at work, so we say addressing this at work is key ethically and economically! GOOD HEALTH = GOOD BUSINESS

Our brand- new well@work app offers a multitude of benefits. We can help employees to confidentially establish and maintain health lifestyle choices with our health checks, lifestyle asssessments, 1-2-1 coaching and group wellbeing workshops. On an organisational level, the app shows engagement trends, stress hotspots as well as being a powerful profiling tool via anonymised reporting.

Get in touch with us to find out more, or download our app today:

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For more information on Men’s Health Week, visit the Men’s Health Forum to find out more.

Let’s all take action and take care together!

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