Men’s Health Week 2019: Men’s Health By Numbers

Men’s Health Week is 10th – 16th June

The focus this year is Men’s Health By Numbers.
Take a look at the 7 key numbers for Men’s Health below.

Men's Health Week Key Numbers

150 minutes of physical activity a week

Some ways to help towards achieving this could involve making the most of your lunch break by going for a walk, choosing to take the stairs over the lift and setting your alarm 20 minutes earlier to start the day with some exercise.

5 portions of fruit or veg every day

Fruit and vegetables can be included in all of your meals and snacks throughout the day. For example, adding fruit to your cereal or porridge. Add some vegetables to your sandwich or to your omelette. You can even have a side salad with your evening meal to make sure you’re getting all the goodness you can.

75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men

It can be difficult to talk about your mental health. Take a look at the Men’s Health Forum here for some advice that could help you with your mental health.

37 inches around the waist…

37 inches around the waist or above puts you at an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer

Having a healthy diet comes with both short term and long term benefits. Ways to help reduce your waist size can include yoga, high-intensity interval training, healthy eating and making lifestyle changes like going for a walk on your lunch breaks.

14 units of alcohol a week maximum

Drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol per week should help keep health risks to a low. Any more than this could lead to many health problems including cancers of the mouth and throat. If you are wanting to cut down the amount of alcohol you consume then take a look at Drink Aware’s tips here.

120/80 is a normal blood pressure

Having normal blood pressure is important when it comes to avoiding health risks. High blood pressure will put more strain on your arteries and heart than normal. The effects of this can lead to strokes, kidney disease, heart attacks and even dementia.

On average smokers die 10 years younger

Smoking causes many problems including lung cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hearing loss, osteoporosis, strokes, loss of years of life, the list goes on.  Take a look at some tips from the NHS on how to stop smoking here.

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