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Toolbox Talk - Men's Health Week

Max People Health & Safety Bulletin 16th June

Did you know.... 

- Every 90 minutes one New Zealander dies of heart disease
Construction- Or that every three hours, one Kiwi dies from a preventable illness
- Or that more than 200,000 Kiwis have trouble breathing because of what’s called COPD
- Or four in five New Zealand adults (aged 15 years or more) have experienced mental distress either personally or among people they know

In general, New Zealand men live on average four years less than women, and yet still remain much less likely to talk to a GP about their health. 

And we’re not in great shape really: 6 out of 10 New Zealand males are overweight, nearly one in four of us smoke and 40 of us are diagnosed each day with diabetes.

We need to take more responsibility for our own health, and the health, physical and mental well being of our mates.

Improve your health

- Visit your doctor. Men are notorious for avoiding the doctor and ignoring stuff. This may help explain why women tend to live longer. Don’t let complacency take a toll on your health.
Toolbox- Eat to live. Getting enough nutrition is crucial. It is considered more important than anything else except maybe sleep. 
- Get off the couch. Try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise, every week.
- Break unhealthy habits. If you smoke, drink too much, or use illicit drugs, ask your doctor to help you develop a plan to quit.
- Protect your skin. To lower the risk of developing skin cancer (melanoma), wear long sleeves, slap on the sunscreen, pop on a hat and check out the shade when you can.
- Get your prostate checked. It is recommended that men over the age of 45 should have regular check ups. If you are at all concerned please discuss with your Doctor.
- Prioritize sleep. We need at least 7 straight hours of sleep each night. We don't tend to function that well or make the right decisions when we don't have enough sleep.
- Check in with yourself. Take the time to think about YOU! Many times we put our kids, careers, friends, family, pets, etc. in front of our own health and well-being. There’s time for all of it, but you absolutely must make time for yourself.

Laughter really is the best medicine

Laughter Makes Us Healthier
Laughter Touches Our Soul
Laughter Keeps Things in Perspective
Laughter Helps Us Stay Positive
Laughter Is Loving


Remember team! Safety is just how we do things around here.