Election Day Is Coming!

Make sure you vote on October 24th, because your vote counts! 

Find out More

A new national study isn’t painting a pretty picture when it comes to the health of Manitoba men.

The study, conducted on behalf of the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF), found that 72 per cent of men across the country demonstrate two or more unhealthy habits.

In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the study found the problem was worse at 78.6 per cent.

The habits the study looked at include a poor diet, smoking cigarettes, problem drinking, not exercising or not getting regular sleep.

The findings are based on a survey of 2,000 men in Canada aged 19-94.

CMHF national partnership manager Cassondra McCrory says they chose those habits because they are contributors to chronic disease.

Manitoba and Saskatchewan led in smoking, unhealthy diets and lack of exercise.

“We know that 70 per cent of men’s chronic health conditions are caused by lifestyle and unlike genetics those are things that can be changed to improve a person’s health,” McCrory said. “What this is telling us is that we absolutely have the ability to decrease those rates of chronic health conditions and lead healthier and better lives.”

Only six per cent of the survey’s respondents exhibited none of the unhealthy behaviours and were classified as “very healthy.” Twenty two per cent exhibited one unhealthy behaviour and were considered “healthy.” 31 per cent of men exhibited two unhealthy behaviours and were considered “borderline.” And nearly 42 per cent exhibited more than three and were classified as “unhealthy.”

McCrory says leading healthier lives can also have a ripple effect on the healthcare system.

“Chronic diseases cost our healthcare systems millions of dollars a year and that can be avoided if some simple changes are made,” she said.

Other findings in the study include:

62 per cent of Canadian men have an unhealthy diet (68 per cent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
54 per cent of Canadian men under or over sleep (53 per cent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
59 per cent of Canadian men do not get 150 minutes of moderate-to-strenuous exercise per week (55 per cent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
39 per cent of Canadian men have unhealthy alcohol consumption (34 per cent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan); and
20 per cent of Canadian men smoke cigarettes (24 per cent in Manitoba and Saskatchewan)
The study was completed to coincide with Men’s Health Week from June 11-17, 2018.

“What we suggest and encourage is that people pick something that is easiest for them,” McCrory said. “If it’s around eating and that’s an easier area for you, pick something around your eating habits and start with that. Make one small change, and once you feel comfortable with that you can make a second change in your life.”

More Local News

MB's "Know My Cannabis Limits" Campaign Begins

The Know My Cannabis Limits education campaign put on by the Province of Manitoba was launched Tuesday. It's phase two of the province's education campaign in preparation for the legalization of…

RM Of Stanley Finalizes Development Rules For Corridor

The R.M. of Stanley has defined the rules pertaining to development along the corridor between Winkler and Morden through an amended zoning by-law. Reeve Morris Olafson says the updated plan clearly…

Municipality of Rhineland Ward 1 Candidates Share Their Visions For The Future

The three candidates hoping to snag one of two available Ward 1 council seats in the Municipality of Rhineland took their platforms to the public last week at a forum in Altona. Larry Fehr isn't…

RM Of Thompson Council Will See Minor Shakeup

Brian Callum will return for a second term this fall as Reeve for the RM of Thompson. "I'm glad to be back," Callum says, who was acclaimed to the top spot. "The fact that nobody ran, I don't know if…

Education Minister Speaks Out On Conflict Of Interest Allegations

Manitoba's education minister Kelvin Goertzen has defended himself against allegations of conflict of interest raised by Liberal leader Dougald Lamont. In the Legislature this week, Lamont said…

Council Candidate Believes His Experience Can Help Move Morden Forward

Many individuals are interested in being part of the city's leading body with three candidates for mayor, and eight council candidates running for six council seats. With only two of the eight…

School Bus Safety Week Puts Focus On Unsafe Drivers (VIDEO)

It's School Bus Safety Week, and with hundreds of school buses traveling around the Pembina Valley every week, Angela Plett has some safety tips for drivers. Plett is the Transportation Supervisor…

Family Members Survive Crash With Moose

October 4, 2018, was supposed to be a relatively uneventful day for Sheldon Falk. The owner of Falk Nurseries, he had plans on spending most of the day south of the border, on a business trip with…

Construction May Begin On Winkler Arena Next Month

The Meridian Exhibition Centre is moving into its final phase before construction begins. On Tuesday Winkler City Council approved the contract to complete the design and engineering with Verne…

Damaging Election Signs A Criminal Offence

Local police are reminding residents taking down or destroying election signs could result in criminal charges. October 7, Morden Police received a dispatch to Thornhill St. after reports of a female…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login