Movember: Men’s Health Awareness Month
November, or more commonly referred to as Movember, is Men’s Health Awareness Month. During the 30 days, men commonly grow a moustache to help raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, especially prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Founded in 2003, Movember quickly became a huge phenomena and is responsible for thousands of moustaches on men both in the UK and Worldwide. It is now the leading charity changing the face of men’s health and to date, it has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world.
‘We exist to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives,’ Movember.com
International Men’s Day
Ironically, today, Tuesday 19th November is International Men’s Day. A day dedicated to highlighting men’s experiences and encouraging them to be good role models; teach boys and men in their lives the values, character and responsibilities of being a man. International Men’s Day is based around the belief that it is only when we all, both men and women, lead by example, that we will create a fair and safe society which allows everyone the opportunity to prosper.
‘We must become the change we seek.’ Mahatma Ghandi
Men and Mental Health
Recent research has found that men’s health is in much more decline than that of women’s, with one of the main reasons being lack of diagnostic or 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
And it gets worse….
Despite more men and public figures starting to open up and talk about their feelings of depression, men still account for 75% of all suicides and only 24% of men who have felt high levels of stress have discussed this with a friend or a family member.
Men’s Health Awareness month aims to tackle this further, and their main objectives include:
- Give men the facts
- Change behaviour for the better
- Create services that work for men
- Unite the brightest minds
- Listen to the community and advocate for men.
‘To succeed in addressing the causes of poor mental health, we must equip men and boys to find the path to more consistent levels of good mental health,’ Mark Rowland
Men’s Health Checks
Movember also focuses on the physical health of men, especially prostate and testicular cancer. However there are also many other different health conditions and risk factors which men should be more aware of. Heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes and obesity are all conditions which are more likely to affect men; mainly because they haven’t been diagnosed and refused check-ups more regularly.
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 a week. Learn more.
- 5 – we should aim to eat an absolute minimum 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Learn more.
- 14 – maximum 14 units of alcohol a week. Learn more.
- 10 – cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers. Learn more.
- 120/80 – normal blood pressure. Learn more.
- 75 – 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men. Learn more.
In order to live and maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle, these are our basic guidelines (your lifetyle choices centred around the pillars of wellbeing), for both men and women of all ages:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Consume plenty of water
- Get regular tests and screenings
- Get between 7 to 8 hours sleep a night
- Do more exercise
- Don’t smoke
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Be mindful of how much alcohol you consume
Here at Tonic, our passionate, experienced team are dedicated to delivering confidential workplace “Know Your Numbers” health checks. We cover lots of metrics from blood pressure, hydration levels, waist circumference, RHR, Bone Mass, Visceral Fat to Body Composition. We help to raise awareness, motivate and track results wit the focus on achieving optimum health and wellbeing.
CLICK HERE to find out what your results mean for your gender and age group; or to find out more about how Tonic can help you on your journey to a healthier and happier lifestyle, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us online.
Happy International Men’s Day and Men’s Health Awareness Month!