International Men's Health Week
June 12 – 18, 2017 is International Men's Health Week, a week dedicated to heightening the focus on issues facing men's health.
In Australia, men can expect to die approximately five years sooner than women and if you take out suicide and reckless death – five men die every hour from a disease that could have been prevented through early detection.
In today's fast-paced society, most men are time-poor with work and family commitments taking over. It can be hard to find the time to exercise regularly, keep on top of healthy food intake and most importantly, booking an annual check-up with a GP.
Coupled with this is the fact that there is still a mentality amongst men to ignore health warnings, adopting a "she'll be right" attitude. It takes more courage to take ownership of your health rather than ignoring symptoms and burying your head in the sand.
International Men's Health Week is a fantastic opportunity to open dialogue and raise awareness around the topic of men's health.
MANDATE will be hosting their annual Men's Health Breakfast at the Regatta Hotel on Thursday June 15 and have made a 'date with a GP' for over 100 blokes to get their annual check-up at the event. There will also be free men's health checks at the PA Hospital in the main foyer from 11am-2pm, all members of the public are welcome to drop in for a check-up.
What can you do this International Men's Health Week?
- First and foremost, book a date with your GP! Prevention is better than cure.
- Open dialogue about men's health with your mates; it is time to bring this topic to focus!
- Join the MANDATE movement. Register your fundraiser if you are interested in fundraising for the cause
- Enter our competition to 'Win the Ultimate MANDATE for you and your best mate' click here to enter
Help put a stop to prostate cancer and donate to real research based at the PA Campus.
WHY YOUR HEALTH IS IMPORTANT TO US
Funds raised for MANDATE during International Men's Week and throughout the remainder of the campaign will support life-saving men's health medical research areas such as prostate cancer, heart disease, head and neck cancer, skin cancer and mental health.
Think about it – your health really is the MOST important thing in the world. If you don't have your health then the quality AND quantity of your life is reduced.
Your health not only affects you, but it affects your family, your friends, your work life and our already burdened health care system.
Of course there are 2 types of health problems – preventable and non-preventable, however the repercussions of poor health are the same:
- Not being able to work therefore not being able to provide for your family
- Not being able to life a full life with family and friends
- Feelings of anxiety, stress and depression
- Using up the already limited time constraints our doctors and nurses are on
- Having to pay for expensive treatments and medication
- Possible premature death