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
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
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:
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:
‘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
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.
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:
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!
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