One Small Step for Men, One Big Change for Mankind
Education and Advocacy Small simple changes can have a big impact on improving your overall quailty of life. Get healthy, you’ve done waaaaay harder things.
As Canadians, we like to consider ourselves healthy but the truth is, we have some bad habits. Canadian men, in particular, are overwhelmingly unhealthy.
Things like smoking, drinking, and unhealthy eating are significant contributors to what is becoming a health crisis for men in this country. A study conducted by the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) found that 62 percent of respondents have an unhealthy diet and 54 percent have unhealthy sleeping habits.
Seventy percent of men’s chronic health conditions are caused by lifestyle. The good news is that lifestyles, unlike genetics, can be changed relatively easily. What’s more, you don’t need to change much to start noticing differences in your health.
Don’t change much
Changing your health can seem like a daunting task and men may feel that they don’t know where to begin. But small, simple changes can have a big impact on improving your overall quality of life. In fact, sleeping seven to eight hours a night may reduce a man’s risk of a heart attack by 60 percent in comparison to sleeping for five hours or less. Reducing alcohol intake to under 10 drinks per week may cut a man’s risk of type 2 diabetes in half and walking five city blocks or climbing 50 stairs a day may lower the risk of heart attack by 25 percent. These small changes are attainable goals that can add years to a man’s life.
The Canadian Men’s Health Foundation was created to help and inspire Canadian men and their families to live healthier lives. Through the DontChangeMuch.ca campaign, the foundation is arming Canadian men with the tools they need to assess their health risks and develop concrete steps for improvements. When men take control of their own health, the entire family benefits. Small changes make a big difference.