Movember is just around the corner! Do you know much about the health of the blokes in your workforce?

Every hour, more than 4 men die from potentially preventable conditions. Reduce your risk in a few easy steps and by raising awareness in your workplace.

Men – watch your waistline! Your belly isn’t a laughing matter. It could be putting your life at risk. Being overweight is a major risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other lifestyle conditions.

Males tend to store excess body fat around their stomach, and despite the fact that the pot belly is often referred to rather affectionately, it may be putting you at risk. Excess abdominal fat should be viewed as an alarm bell for possible health problems in the future.

Do you drive people mad with your snoring?

Well, that could be because you have a fat tongue. Along with the stomach, the tongue is one of the first places you put weight on. A fat tongue may be the culprit causing you to snore by blocking the air passages when you sleep, resulting in the horrible noise referred to as snoring.

There is no magic formula for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Unfortunately some people just find it harder than others. It is all down to leading a healthy lifestyle – being physically active and eating a well-balanced, healthy diet.

Did you know heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in Australian men?
It pays to know your risk factors and to make an effort to reduce yours.

Risk factors for heart disease:

  • Male gender
  • Family history
  • Advancing age

Modifiable risk factors for heart disease:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Excess body weight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Type 2 Diabetes

There’s obviously nothing you can do about your gender, age and genetic make-up. However, you can do something about each one of the modifiable risk factors. The key is simply a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle – moderate physical activity and a varied healthy diet.

Take 5 for your health.

With longer working hours and increasing financial and family demands comes an increase in stress levels. Hectic modern day society has brought with it a greater prevalence of depression and other stress- related illnesses.

In fact, one in eight Australian men suffer from depression at any given time. The experience of male depression is complicated by the fact that men are more likely than women to shy away from treatment of any kind.

We all need to take time out for rest and relaxation. Some ways to get balance back into your life include:

  • Spend time with your family and friends
  • Do things you enjoy – read the paper, play golf, go to the beach
  • Do some physical activity every day
  • Aim for 6-8 hours of sleep
  • Make sure your work and home life expectations are realisti