International Men’s Day: Celebrating the Men in Our Lives
They’ve built cities, families and developed our communities. There’s no doubt about it – there are men in our lives who are truly exceptional.
It’s easy to forget that men too need to be acknowledged and appreciated, which is why 19 November has been earmarked as International Men’s Day.
What is International Men's Day?
Celebrated in over 60 countries, this day highlights men's and boys' health. It is aimed at improving gender relations, promotes gender equality and highlights positive male role models in society.
Your Health Matters
Did you know that 2 000 South African men die with prostate cancer every year? By leading a healthy lifestyle and getting regular check-ups, you can reduce your risk of cancer.
The Movember Campaign, dedicated to raising funds for men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems, recommends the following health tips for men:
- Know your numbers: Keep track of numbers like your weight, blood sugar level, BMI and cholesterol.
- Manage your stress: Managing stress is essential. Try doing things that you enjoy often.
- Exercise: Working out combats stress and contributes to your overall health.
- Eat well: Ensure that you eat a wide range of foods within the five food groups such as fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry and nuts.
Early Detection is Key
Forget painful tests and endless scans. By obtaining just a drop of blood from your finger, your doctor can determine whether you are at risk of developing cancer and whether you need a full medical examination.
The following interventions can ensure that you remain cancer free:
- Know your family history to determine whether you are at risk.
- The Cancer Association of South Africa advises men between the ages of 40 and 50 to visit their doctor annually.
- Check for lumps monthly. After a bath or shower roll each testicle gently between each thumb. If you feel anything unusual contact your doctor immediately.
South African Men Speak Up
We caught up with Janez Vermeiren, Katlego Maboe and other local heroes who shared their experiences and thoughts on being a good man.