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November is the month for Men

When it comes to health, men are often left behind. 1 in 5 men will die before they reach retirement age, yet only 44% of businesses have workplace support strategies in place!

Something needs to change, and sometimes all you need are the right tools to make change happen.

With International Men’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start preparing your men’s health support strategy!

44% of companies have a strategy in place for targeting men's health

Mens health in the workplace

Make sure your support is ready and download the November 22: Men’s Health Support Toolkit for HR.

This collection of resources is designed to encourage male employees to open up, know their nuts & bolts, health risks, and stay happy & healthy.

Taking action today will not only improve the well-being of your male employees but also enhance your employer brand. So don’t wait and get started today!

Some popular myth busting:

“Testicular cancer is a young man’s disease”.

Testicular cancer is more common in men under 40 (peak at 35), but it can affect men of any age. Guys, make sure you’re checking your nuts and bolts regularly.

“Men can’t get breast cancer”

Women are more likely to get breast cancer, but men have breast tissue too, which can be affected by cancer. Warning signs to watch out for include a lump in the underarm area or chest, a change in breast size, and an itchy rash around the nipple area.

"Tight pants and sitting in hot tubs affect your fertility”

Studies have shown that your choice of underwear and pants has no real effect on your fertility.

As long as you’re not overdoing it in the hot tub or resting your laptop on your lap for days at a time, you have nothing to worry about.

“Baldness comes from the mother’s side”

There is some truth to this – most male pattern baldness comes from genetic factors and is heavily influenced by maternal genetics. However, your paternal genetics still have an effect, as do other factors – including stress and illness.

“Eating more protein means you will gain muscle mass”

Protein alone won’t turn you into Mr Universe overnight! Protein only helps you build muscle if you are doing cardio workouts and strength training. In fact, eating too much protein can lead to weight gain, constipation and even kidney damage.

“If your doctor doesn’t mention it, your testosterone levels are fine”

When doctors take a blood test, they don’t usually check all bodily functions. But did you know, low testosterone is a normal part of ageing for men – it can lead to erectile dysfunction, slower metabolism and lower libido. Want to get checked? You can ask your doctor to check your testosterone levels as you get older.

Let’s keep our men happy.

Contact Joanne Hunt for further support joanne@chestnutassociates.co.uk