Canadians believe they’re a pretty healthy nation. But weirdly, Canadian guys aren’t that healthy. It’s not because of genetics; it’s a result of lifestyle.
In 2014, when the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation launched nationally in Canada we knew the statistics about the state of men’s health in Canada, and the picture those statistics painted was not too flattering for Canadian men.
Here’s a snapshot of some statistics (Source available upon request):
- 54% of Canadian men are unhealthy sleepers
- 59% of Canadian men don’t exercise enough
- 62% of Canadian men are unhealthy eaters
- 39% of Canadian men have unhealthy alcohol consumption
- 20% of Canadian men still smoke
- 72% of Canadian men are borderline unhealthy and/or unhealthy
- 25% of Canadian men are considered healthy/very healthy.
- 70% of chronic diseases and conditions may be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyle habits
From these statistics we realized that the health of men on a personal, family and workplace level required a concerted effort of not one organization, but many pieces – from individuals, to other healthcare organizations, to private industry and government at all levels – to recognize the state of men’s health and its impact on Canadian society.
And that is why we have Canadian Men’s Health Week. To shine a light on men’s health. To work with other organizations and people, connecting the dots across Canada to improve the state of men’s and family health across our great nation.