Awareness Days

Men’s Health Week Canada 2020


June 15 – 21 is Men’s Health Week!

How was it created

Men’s Health Week began in 1994. Congress had discussed plans to turn the health care focus from treatment to preventative. Thus, the purpose of Men’s Health Week was to heighten the awareness of these preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

This week gives health care providers, public policymakers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

Men face a lot of health challenges due to habits such as poor eating, inactivity, high levels of stress, and social isolation. Men’s Health Week highlights the importance of overcoming these challenges.

Men’s Health Stats

Here are some staggering statistics regarding men’s health in North America

  • 1 in 8 men have depression
  • 1 in 5 men experience anxiety at least once in their lives
  • The average man spends just 17 minutes a day on food prep and cleanup.
  •  About a quarter of all men have zero close friends to confide in, shows a Duke University study.
  • At least 25 percent of men skip breakfast, according to data from the market research firm NPD Group.
  • men are 3X more likely to have substance abuse problems
  • only 30% of a mans overall health has to do with their genetics
  • Men, on average live 4 years less than women.
  • Currently, the last 11 years in a man’s life is spent in poor condition
  • 87% of all workplace fatalities are men

Partnerships Involved in Men’s Health Week

Old fashioned fruit and veg shop.

The campaign Don’t Change Much is a health resource dedicated to inspiring and motivating men and their families to lead healthier lives. They encourage every guy and their family to make small changes that will have a positive impact on their health and well being. Visit the campaign website at DontChangeMuch.ca.

Sun Life Financial is a program partner in Canada and provided grants to develop YouCheck, the 1st ‘all in one’ health assessment tool designed specifically for men.

Canadian Football League Alumni Association is another program partner that fosters a lifelong relationship between the Canadian Football League and its alumni and provides support to alumni and various communities.

Dietitians of Canada is a health partner representing approximately 6000 members at the local, provincial, and national levels. Dieticians of Canada is one of the largest organizations of dietetic professionals in the world.

Canadian Mental Health Association is a health partner that provides a wide range of innovative services for people who are experiencing mental illness as well as their families. These services are tailored to the needs and resources of the communities where they are based.

Canadian Urological Association is a health partner that exists to promote the highest standard of urologic care for Canadians and to advance the science of urology.

Here is a list of other sponsors/partners

  • Province of BC
  • Robert and Viktoria Little Foundation
  • Boilermakers of Canada
  • Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC)
  • Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre

How You Can Take Part in Men’s Health Week

Incorporate more fruit/veg!

Did you know that 5-7 servings of fruits equal a glass of orange juice, one potato, one carrot, one avocado, and a pear? It’s that easy.

Take the stairs or park farther and walk to work.

Leave an extra 5 or 10 minutes earlier and park a little further. Walking will get the blood pumping and wake you up before you start the workday.

Aim for 6-8 hours of rest nightly

Men's Health Week

Sleep is super important to your body and energy levels. Get enough sleep and you’ll find that your concentration and productivity skyrocket!

Exercise

20 minutes a day can make a huge difference. You don’t have to work out for a whole hour to feel healthy and see a change in your body. Just 20 minutes of stretching, walking or sports can give you the exercise your body needs to perform at it’s best.

Get checked out!

Men's Health Week

nothing wrong with making sure you’ve been screened for conditions and diseases that could affect men in your age group. Spread awareness and encourage other men and boys to get checked on a regular basis.

Know your blood pressure.

High blood pressure often does not cause any signs of illness that you can see or feel. That is why it is often encouraged to make an appointment with your doctor or another healthcare provider to check your blood pressure.

Get to know your body.

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Our body will give us signs that it is in distress. Get to know your body and it signals so that you can detect illness or disease early on.

Cut back on sodium.

Lena Beal, a therapeutic dietitian explains “A high salt diet leads to hypertension [high blood pressure], which can cause heart disease and stroke,” she continues“Salt likes water and the more salt you have in your system, the more water you’ll have, this can lead to fatigue, as well as dangerous swelling and excess fluids around major organs. Inflammation causes organs, like your heart, to work harder. It’s easy to see swollen hands and feet, but it’s harder to see inflammation on the inside.”

Warning Signs of Heart Attack/Stroke

  • Excessive sweating, shortness of breath, or exhaustion with exertion could be a treatable heart or lung problem.
  • Many men believe that the pain of a heart attack is felt only on the left side of the chest and moves to the left arm. It isn’t always that cut-and-dried. Heart-attack pain is often felt under the breastbone (sternum) and pain occurs in both arms as often as in the left arm alone.
  • Chest pain that is triggered by activity but that goes away with rest suggests angina (a narrowing of one or more coronary arteries) while oppressive pain that isn’t relieved by rest suggests a heart attack.

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