Five tips to improve men's health

Improve Men's Health

Last week it was International Men's Day which highlighted the many health issues men face today. But the truth is, men should take care of their health every single day. Here are five simple things that all men can do to improve their health and well-being and lead healthier lives.

Get regular checkups

Even if you feel healthy, regular health checks such as checking blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and prostate are essential to catch any problems early and stay in good health.

Your mental health is just as important. It can be important to seek help for mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

The annual cycle of diabetes care is a tick list for an evaluation of your diabetes control and well-known fitness. This enables you to live on the right track with your fitness and decrease your diabetes-related headaches.

Reduce alcohol use

Harmful use of alcohol killed approximately 3 million people globally in 2016; Of which 75% were male.

Drinking too much, or too often, increases your immediate risk of injury, road accidents, and violence. It can also cause long-term effects such as liver damage, cancer, and heart disease.

Harmful use of alcohol can affect your mental health and negatively impact your family and those around you. See our factsheet on Alcohol and Diabetes.

Quit smoking

Tobacco use causes cancer, lung disease, heart disease, and stroke and kills more than 7 million people worldwide each year.

Quitting smoking is one of the satisfactory things you can do to your fitness.

Within 2-12 weeks, your lung function improves. Within a year, your heart disease risk is already half that of a smoker.

Eat better

Eating a wholesome weight loss program facilitates prevent diabetes and plenty of different continual conditions. Try to eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes (like lentils), nuts, and whole grains. Limit the amount of salt, sugar, and saturated fats. Check out our range of information and facts designed to help you make good choices when it comes to food and healthy eating:

  • making healthy food choices
  • healthy food ideas
  • health breakfast
  • tips for healthy cooking
  • be more active

1 out of 4 people is not active enough. Adults should get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day that adds up to 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity physical activity a week.

Physical activity helps you maintain a healthy weight, lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer, and may even help beat depression.

Read our fact sheet on the benefits of physical activity which includes tips and tricks for incorporating more movement into your day.

Attractive young men and boys to improve adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health

The Challenge Initiative (TCI) aims to accelerate and sustain evidence-based approaches to increase the use of modern contraceptive methods among all women aged 15-49 in urban poor areas. Although its goal is to increase contraceptive use among women and adolescent girls, involving men in interventions is also important—particularly as it relates to adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) programming. Throughout their lives, males—just like females—have a variety of reproductive needs. As a result, they are important not only in supporting their partners of the use of contraceptives but also in contraceptive users and advocates themselves.

"Gender inequality holds back the growth of individuals, the development of countries and developing societies, to the detriment of both men and women."

both men and women

– UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2010

Furthermore, as the #MeToo movement has shown, gender-based violence stems from unequal power dynamics supported and reinforced by social and gender norms. Findings from the International Male & Gender Equality Survey (images) reveal internalization of hyper-masculinity norms are strongly and consistently correlated with the following risk behaviors in several countries:

  • Use of bodily and sexual violence towards lady companions
  • Perpetrating sexual harassment
  • their participation in care work and maternal, newborn, and child health
  • Couples communication about reproductive health
  • Tax sought HIV test
  • their number of sexual partners
  • having paid for sex
  • Rates of self-report sexually transmitted infection symptoms
  • use of condoms
  • Substance use/

Despite literature emphasizing the significance of consisting of boys and men, they're often not noted in conventional sexual and reproductive fitness programs as, usually, the focus is mostly on women and women. But, girls and women do not work alone in this world; And given their coordination in most societies, boys and men—those with authority—must be effectively engaged. Promundo's and Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) hosted a recent initiative—a webinar that discussed program experience in this area, as well as demonstrated evidence of improvements in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior Take the outcomes associated with puberty awareness, gender quality, and contraceptive service.

Two such programs targeting two different age groups were featured to illustrate the different breeding needs of boys/children.

GrowUp Smart is a puberty and fertility awareness education program for very young adolescents (aged 10-14). It was originally inspired by CycleSmart™, a simple set of materials developed and tested by IRH in 2011 in Rwanda and Guatemala to teach very young adolescents (VAs) about puberty in a visual and concrete way. But over the course of its development, GrowUp Smart has evolved into an entirely new approach that draws on many of IRH's innovative, evidence-based youth resources, like the Great Project Growing Up Great! flipbooks, and of course this my changing body. New themes were integrated into the materials, and a comprehensive facility manual, the design manual guiding the use of these materials, was developed. All new equipment has been carefully tested and validated by Vyas, his parents, experienced executives, and policymakers.

The nine-week program had trained very young teenage girls and boys in the facility, and their parents in learning about the physical and emotional changes of puberty, self-care, and health-seeking behaviors.

A pre/post-test evaluation revealed statistically significant findings in eight Rwandan districts:

Increased knowledge of pregnancy risks among boys and girls, especially understanding when a girl is most likely to become pregnant

Increased knowledge of menstrual cycles and healthy secretions by 50-70% among both girls and boys

Better communication with parents:

25% increase in the number of diameters who were comfortable talking with a trusted adult about physical changes during puberty.

20% increased the number of dias who felt comfortable talking with a trusted adult about romantic relationships.

There is a 20% increase in the number of VYA girls who feel comfortable talking with a trusted adult about menstruation.

  • 40% increased the number of dias who talked with a trusted adult about puberty changes
  • program p
  • Program P was designed to promote:
  • Men's participation in prenatal and postnatal care
  • Equal division of household labor and caring
  • Effective communication and reduce parental and family strain and violence

The program includes hands-on activities and role-playing exercises for fathers and their partners. Along with group education for parents, Program P training is carried out for health and social sector workers in conjunction with community-level campaigns and local and national advocacy initiatives. It has been rolled out in several countries and is currently being carried out in Rwanda, Lebanon, Bolivia, and elsewhere.

A randomized control trial of 1,700 fathers (ages 21-35) and their colleagues in Rwanda found that dropping out of the program after two years:

  • Intimate partner violence was below 42%
  • Violence against children was below 15%
  • male and female antenatal care attendance was up
  • family planning was used

Materials related to these programs can be found at TCI AYSRH Toolkit under Gender Transformational Approaches. You can customize them for your local context.