Men urged to take small steps for better health


Men are being encouraged this week, Men’s Health Week NZ (MHW/Te Wiki Hauora Tāne, to start with small steps to taking control of and improving their health and wellbeing.

Men are on the back foot from the start. A boy born today will live nearly four years less than a girl born in the room next door. He will be over 20% more likely to die of a heart attack than the girl, and almost 30% more likely to get diabetes.

Worse, he is three times more likely to die by suicide or in a motor car crash.

Eight Kiwi families every day lose a loved partner, father or tupuna to a PREVENTABLE illness, one they didn’t need to die from.

Māori and Pasifika men live significantly shorter lives on average than other races in NZ. Almost one Kiwi man in four will die before they reach retirement age. One in four won’t live to retire!

But it doesn’t have to be this way! Men can do something to change these numbers by making small changes to things they eat, drink and do. Little changes can and do lead to big results!

Start small, walk a little, eat a little less … see and feel the changes, enjoy life more, live longer.

Start here at Men’s Health Week

Take the What’s Your Score? test to get a gauge on the health routines you already have

Get an intro to vital health issues for guys and things you can do to avoid some basic problems on the health information pages