Men's Health Month June 2017
We’re the home of Men’s Health Month in NZ. It’s a great time to think about our health and how important it is, to start talking about it with our mates, families and doctors, and to do something for ourselves to be just a little bit healthier. Men’s Health Month runs every JUNE.
Throughout the month we’re encouraging men in New Zealand to open up and start talking about our health, and to get along to the Doc for a check-up. Get your workplace involved too – we’ve got heaps of brochures to spread around your office or workshop. And why not have a go at starting your own fundraiser so you can support what we’re doing. Let us know what you’ve got planned and we can help you promote it.
A week just isn’t long enough for all this, that’s why we put men’s health week behind us and started Men’s Health Month. Everything we do goes directly to helping improve the health of men in New Zealand. We’re a small charity trying to make a big difference. So get on board with us this June for Men’s Health Month and be a part of it.
MEET OUR MEN'S HEALTH MONTH AMBASSADORS
"I’m stoked to work with the Men’s Health Trust, as some of NZ's health stats still make for pretty poor reading. Too many of us still don't look after ourselves in the simplest ways possible. Yeah, we're getting better in a few departments. But as Kiwi guys we can improve our lives and the lives of those closest to us, by keeping our machines in working order."
"There's no question the most valuable thing you can ever possess is your health - you're no good to anyone without it. True health starts in the mind - the body will follow. So if you ask a mate you're worried about, “You OK?” don’t take “Yeah!” as an answer. Be a pain in the butt until you're happy that you got it out of them - they’ll thank you for it later. This Men's Health Month I'm climbing the highest peak in North America to raise money for men's mental health. Follow my adventure and show your support: https://goo.gl/ylFz4J"
"I’ve got skin in the health game. Both hips replaced, prostate cancer, bowel cancer, skin cancer, but happily now very much, as Willie Nelson says, ‘standing upright on the ground’. Men’s health is a very personal issue to me. Too many men die of ill health for a very simple reason: they don’t go to the doctor. We need to help brothers from our wider family, all Kiwi blokes, to lead longer, healthier and happier lives."
Radio Host, Martial Arts, Social Activist
“PMA till I’m DOA. Positive Mental Attitude - That doesn’t mean you’re happy all the time, no one is, we all get depressed and life can be tough. But it means choosing a positive perspective and approach for dealing with the problems life will continue to throw at you. Life’s totally 50% what happens to you, and 50% how you choose to react to it, so I believe we have a great deal of choice in whether we are happy or not."
Radio Host, Author
“I am the poster boy for ignoring all the warning signs. I ended up with a 9cm round tumour in my abdomen that cost me my fertility and just about cost me my life. Had I gone to the doctor earlier (and I had years of warnings) it would have saved me a whole lot of heartache. If you think something’s not right, you are probably right. Get to the doctor ASAP.
If you ask a mate how they are and they say the same thing every time, “I’m all good” or something similar, ask them again. And ask them how they REALLY are."
“So many friends in my industry didn’t realise they had depression. Often it’s the happiest ones on the outside, so they can hide it well. When you ask a mate how they are, really ask them how they are. You don’t need answers. Just listen. It makes a big difference.”
"Being a professional sportsman means I've always been focused on being fit but once I became a dad being healthy took on a whole new meaning. I want to be around forever so I can see my kids grow up and then be involved in their kids' lives. It's easy to think I'm young, I'm only in my early thirties but actually it's the very time to get a good doctor, start having annual check-ups and understanding what normal is for you and your body. Men hate talking about our health and we hate going to doctors even more but if I could influence one bloke to start getting an annual check-up, then that would make me very happy."
Dr Inia Raumati
ED Doctor, Ultra Marathoner
“I guess one of the main reasons I support Men’s Health Month is - I get frustrated when you see men present to the Emergency Department with preventable health conditions. Conditions, that have been causing them unnecessary stress and grief, or that are easily treatable. Men in New Zealand have a tendency to wait until things become too much to handle before seeking help. Often presenting to the ED for things they should have seen their GP about months ago. In general we need to be more proactive about our health. We need to take responsibility for our health, eat better, exercise more and take time out to relax with our whanau and friends.“
MEN’S HEALTH MONTH RESOURCES
Mens Health Month Poster
Ask Your Mate How He's Doing A3 Poster
Ask Your Mate How He's Doing - Warriors A3 Poster
Blood Pressure Worksheet
Signs & Symptoms Brochure
Coaching & Conversations Brochure
Ngā Tohu Me Ngā Tohumate Brochure
Rural Men Brochure
Rural Men Managing Stress Brochure
How to get involved?
Book yourself in with your doctor for a Men’s Health Check. We should all do this once a year.
Take a look at our CHECK-UPS BROCHURE to find out what where to start and what to ask for.
Of course, your Health Check will be different from someone else’s depending on your health history and your age. To find out what health checks are specific for you, dial your age into our HEALTH CHECKER.
We’ll send you info to help you encourage the men in your workplace to live healthy, a link to download posters for your workplace, and tips on how you can start up your own fundraising event.
REGISTER YOUR WORKPLACE for Men’s Health Month.
It’s easy, and it costs you nothing.