Don Your Blue Cap During Men’s Health Week

by Robert Clunie

The gents have a tough time of it. Attaining and maintaining even a moderate state of health and fitness can become quite the drag. It is not so much a case of a man forgoing any desire to look and feel good; it is more a case of deterrents, distractions and hindrances that keep him from doing so. We know most men are a busy lot and there are but a few special few who are able to lace up at the crack of dawn to have that cardiovascular system firing fit, but keeping healthy goes beyond physical activity.

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We are systematically neglecting ourselves. A simple walk everyday can do wonders, but even this mundane activity has become an unloved pursuit. We don’t eat as often as we should and we sure as hell don’t consume what we ought to – a quick meal, a drink after work and a settling cigarette are but a few things that become far easier to indulge in. You can be certain that when this is paired with any widespread, overlooked activity that you are in for an unkind time, whether it is sooner or later.

Men are, bafflingly so, also more prone to critical illnesses like diabetes and a variety of cancers. They seem to perish earlier in their lives than their female counterparts and, worryingly, one in five of these deaths occur before retirement age. It is for these reasons that some parties felt that knowledge had to be spread regarding the various health crises men may be predisposed to. One Bill Clinton, the former US president was one of the early pioneers in 1994 when he launched the Blue Monday campaign which typically kicks off on the Monday before – fittingly so – Father’s Day.

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International awareness began in earnest during 2002 when representatives from six men’s health organizations around the world met at the 2nd World Congress on Men’s Health in Vienna, Austria. It has ever since been thought of as a “time to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it.” This week is indeed Men’s Health Awareness Week and you can view a few critical statistics HERE.

This year’s theme seems to revolve around not only the general health of males, but that of their particular set of reproductive organs, too. The Times Now and Independent has published a few healthy, handy guidelines to monitor both overall and sexual wellbeing. You can also check out the video below where Dr Landon Trost discusses a myriad of problems that men are susceptible at any point in their lives. The colour theme for this week typically is blue and there are five main points that are particularly focused on during this period which are:

  • Recognising men’s health is a critical issue and that there are health issues which only affect men
  • Promoting awareness of men’s approach to health
  • Changing the way health care is provided to be more sensitive towards men’s needs
  • Creating school and community programs which target boys and young men
  • Connecting health and social policies to better pursue men’s health goals

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