"The cost of men's poor health is a huge problem that more and more people are talking about," says Dr. , the founder of the Canadian Men's Health Foundation (CMHF). "Encouraging men to make some changes in their lifestyle is helping to prevent up to 70% of these problems without adding another doctor or hospital to the health care system."
"This report reaffirms that healthy life choices by British Columbians are helping lower the strain on the health system," said Health Minister . "It's why our government places a high priority on supporting those healthy lifestyle choices. This report is a reminder for all men of how critically important it is for every one of us try to make better choices – to live tobacco free, eat well, participate in regular physical activities, and to do what we can to prevent chronic disease."
Scotiabank is a CMHF partner for Men's Health Week. Their Chief Economist said,
"This report is a wake-up call for all of us about the huge personal and economic costs associated with excess weight, inactivity, smoking and drinking among Canadian men. The personal costs associated with family tragedy are incalculable. However, the study's estimate that men's poor lifestyle choices are costing Canadians in short and long term disability is a very big deal to the business sector, and to provincial governments struggling to contain health care costs that already absorb more than of every dollar spent on programs."
"Its not all or nothing, even small improvements in nutrition and activity add up to big benefits later," says dontchangemuch.ca website is devoted to helping men make small steps like ordering half, fries, half salad when eating out.", President of CMHF. "Our
"While the economic costs are high, the effects on men's families and communities are even higher," adds Dr. Goldenberg. "Widows account for 45% of all women aged 65 and over. We men need to start making changes to take better care of ourselves, not just for us, but also for the people who count on us and for our communities."