Men’s Health Campaign
The Nutrition Guy believes that it’s time for men to take charge of their health. It’s time to eat better, drink less and move more. That’s why he is embarking on a campaign called ‘Get Your Man in the Kitchen’.
Men are under-represented in the field of nutrition and dietetics, with less than 5% of dietitians in Australia being male. As one of these dietitians, Joel believes it is essential to equip men with the tools and strategies to help them improve their physical and mental health.
Men have a lower life expectancy and are over-represented in just about every serious health issue.
It’s well known that our brethren need to take better care of their health and wellbeing. And that’s a massive understatement! Many of us suffer from poor diet, lack of participation in sport and exercise, (No, watching the footy doesn’t count!) high alcohol consumption and smoking, all major risk factors for developing certain types of cancer as well as diabetes and heart disease. Many blokes are guilty of consuming too many fatty meals and too many ‘beverages’ in addition to being too inactive.
The evidence shows that males are more at risk than ever of developing heart disease. According to the National Heart Foundation, 153 Australian men suffer a heart attack every single day. That’s a staggering statistic! Not to mention the high rates of developing other nasties like cancer, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease and mental health problems.
The initiative is intended to encourage and inspire men to get into the kitchen and prepare healthy meals. They do not need to be experienced chefs, but just be willing to have a go at giving their meals a healthier spin. Manly meals such as baked potatoes, spaghetti bolognaise, steak as well as chicken parmigiana can still be on the menu. The key is to tweak them so they are healthier than the original version.