Men’s Health Month June 2019 – Raising Awareness of Key Numbers For Men

Men’s Health Month June 2019 – Raising Awareness of Key Numbers For Men:

During Men’s Health Month 2019, the Men’s Health Forum are raising awareness of:

  • 7 numbers that all men need to know and
  • 5 statistics that policy-makers and service-providers need to know if they’re to reach men effectively.

For men who want to get to know their numbers better, the Forum is also publishing Man MOT, a new interactive mini-manual that enables men to check their own health and then challenges them to do better.

Man MOT has 25 health challenges in total.

Key numbers for men:

  • 37 – a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
  • 150 – men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
  • 5 – we should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day.
  • 14 – maximum 14 units of alcohol a week.
  • 10 – cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers.
  • 120/80 – normal blood pressure.
  • 75 – 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men.

Key numbers for policy-makers and service providers:

  • 1 man in 5 dies before the age of 65.
  • 2 men in 5 die before the age of 75.
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are by men.
  • Men in unskilled work are 3 times more likely to take their own lives than men in senior management.
  • The richest men live on average 10 years longer than the least well-off men. Richer area = longer life.

THE MHF MESSAGE:

One man in five dies before he is old enough to retire. Together, by knowing our numbers, we can change this statistic. 

For Men’s Health Month 2019, the Men’s Health Forum has pulled out the key numbers. There are seven numbers and five statistics they want all men to know including the male life-expectancy gap in their area. At the Men’s Health Forum, men of all ages, policy-makers and service-providers alike all ask what they can do to improve men’s health. Knowing a few simple numbers can make all the difference. To take it further, the MHF new interactive manual ‘Man MOT- DIY checks and challenges’ helps men put those numbers to work monitoring their own health and living healthier lives. Man MOT is a new interactive manual built around knowing your numbers, that enables men to check their own health and then challenges them to do better. Easy to use – 25 health challenges in total.

A copy of the Men’s Health Forum Mini-Manual Booklet order form is attached.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB359 Men’s Health Month June 2019 – Raising Awareness of Key Numbers For Men

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