Men’s Health Week is about encouraging men to take control of their health which includes their physical and mental wellbeing.
DID YOU KNOW…
NZ Men live on average 4 years less than women, and yet still remain much less likely to talk to a GP about their health
Latest statistics available tell us that 1 New Zealand man dies every three hours of a potentially avoidable illness; with death rates for Maori men double that of non-Maori (Statistics NZ)
6 out of 10 New Zealand males are overweight
Nearly a quarter of New Zealand men smoke
27% of men have potentially hazardous drinking patterns
Men have fewer years free from disability and poor health (Health and Independence Report 2005, MOH).
Latest research shows that men are at greater risk of stroke than women, with stroke being the second biggest single cause of death and the largest cause of disability in adults in New Zealand. We’ve got to get more men taking the simple steps to prevent early death and disability.
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