Real men need health checks, too

Most men aren’t that comfortable admitting anything is wrong, physically or mentally. But it’s not a weakness, and it could save your life. Because surely your family and your mates want to have you around as long as possible.

Some sobering statistics

When it comes to your health, this is no time to say, “She’ll be right, mate.” Because it may not be. Here’s the hard truth about what is happening to Aussie men…

  • 4 men die from preventable health conditions every hour
  • 8 men commit suicide every day
  • Almost twice as many men as women die of skin cancer
  • Over 68% of men are overweight or obese
  • On average 1 in 8 men will suffer from depression and 1 in 5 will suffer from anxiety
  • On average, men live 5 years less than women.

We can’t prove it, but that last statistic may have something to do with the fact that men are not that good at admitting something is wrong, until it’s too late. If the last time you had a health check was the physical you did to get your job, maybe it’s time.

Health checks aren’t just for old guys!

Foundation 49 is an organisation that aims to help Australian men live healthier lives. They have checklists that cover what the most important health checks are whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s or older. Visit their website at www.49.com.au for more details.

Men’s Health Toolkit

For more information, call in to Community Health Partnership Hub in Richardson Place, have a chat to Angela and ask for a Men’s Health Toolkit booklet. No time? Do the 1 Minute Men’s Health Check online at www.49.com.au and take the results to your local GP. You may be very glad you did.

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