Men’s Health Week this week (12-18 June) aims to increase awareness of preventable health problems for men, promote the timely identification and management of health issues and support them in achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Males in Ireland face significant health challenges, with higher mortality rates and a higher burden of chronic diseases compared to females.

Poor lifestyle choices and late presentation to healthcare services exacerbates these problems, making many conditions untreatable. Despite the preventable nature of these issues, there is hope for improvement through ongoing efforts aimed at addressing men’s specific health needs.

The chosen theme for Men’s Health Week in Ireland this year is ‘The Picture of Health.’

Throughout this week, men are encouraged to think about what their ideal state of health looks like. Furthermore, they are urged to establish feasible and achievable objectives to transform this vision into a tangible reality.

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Extensive research indicates that improving men’s health comes with several challenges, but it also emphasizes that significant improvements can be achieved if the right choices are made.

Men themselves have a crucial role to play in this process.

Although some factors influencing our health are beyond our control, such as genetics, income, environment, and access to services, there are practical and realistic actions that we can all take to enhance our health and extend our lifespan.

The Action Man booklet gives information about these actions. It aims to provide clear explanations: why certain actions are necessary, what can be done about them, and how to seek support if needed. By following the provided ten top tips, individuals are empowered to make positive changes and take control of their own health.

The Action Man booklet can be downloaded here

For more information, visit the Men’s Health Week website. 

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