Know your numbers

The focus for this year’s Men’s Health Week (June 10-17) will be men’s health by numbers.

Men’s Health Forum, which co-ordinates the health awareness event, is raising awareness of the importance of looking at the key numbers that men need to know about their own health.

The week will also highlight the statistics that policy-makers need to know including the impact of inequality and deprivation on men’s health.

Key numbers for men:

  • 37 – a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Learn more.
  • 150 – men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. Learn more.
  • 14 – maximum 14 units of alcohol a week. Learn more. 

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

“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, our new interactive manual ‘Man MOT- DIY checks and challenges’ helps men put those numbers to work monitoring their own health and living healthier lives,” says Martin Tod, Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum.

Living Well Sefton partners can support men in Sefton to know their numbers and improve their health by offering a variety of groups, courses, activities and free health checks.

To find out more, give the team a ring on 0300 323 0181.

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