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Health and Wellbeing

Men's Health Week 2020

Men’s Health Week is an opportunity to focus on issues facing Men’s Health. It is a week to encourage males to step back and have a look at their health and wellbeing and a time to check in on the males in our life.  Men’s Health Week runs from 15-21 June 2020.

Take the challenge

In 2020 the City will be encouraging males to get involved and think about their health through an online Facebook challenge. With six $70 Bunnings gift cards to giveaway, be sure to read more below and keep your eye out for the challenge on the City's Facebook page between 15-21 June. To be in the running for a prize, simply take part in one (or all) of the three Men's Health Week Facebook post challenges. For each challenge there will be two winners chosen at random at the end of Men's Health Week. Each winner will be contacted by Facebook messenger. This challenge is open to all males who would like to get involved.

Terms and Conditions to enter

  • Open to males of all ages (City of Rockingham employees and their families are not eligible to enter).
  • Must enter before end of Men's Health Week, Sunday 21 June, 5pm.
  • One entry per challenge.
  • People in the photo have given permission to be used for this competition.
  • By entering this competition, an entrant is agreeing to being contacted by the City through Facebook.
  • This competition hosted by the City of Rockingham is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram.
  • Entries must adhere to the City’s Facebook Usage Guidelines. Any content not adhering to these guidelines will be removed from the City’s Facebook page.
  • The six winners from the three challenges will be contacted via Facebook messenger on Monday 22 June. Winners must respond within one week (22-28 June) to claim their prize otherwise another winner will be randomly drawn.
Why is Men's Health Week important?

Men’s Health Week is important because the health status of males in most countries, including Australia, is generally poorer than that of females.
More males die at every stage through the life course, more males have accidents, more males take their own lives and more males suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females at the same age. Men are also less frequent visitors to general practitioners.

Men’s Health in Australia

Australian men have a life expectancy of approximately four years less than their female counterparts, and have a higher mortality rate from most leading causes of death. Men have a higher risk of developing chronic illnesses, such as ischaemic heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and account for almost 60 per cent of the fatal burden of disease.  Australian men also have an increased risk of obesity. Just over 70 per cent of Australian men are overweight or obese, while just over 56 per cent of Australian women are overweight or obese.  Obesity is a major risk factor for chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, musculoskeletal disorders, and impaired psychosocial functioning.

The good news is!

Only 30% of a man’s overall health is determined by his genetics, 70% is controllable through lifestyle. A person’s lifestyle influences how healthy they are. A lifestyle including physical activity, a well-balanced diet, a safe occupation and maintaining a healthy body weight reduces the risk of poor health. See below for some great information and resources to help you live a healthier lifestyle. Check out Foundation 49's Men's Health toolkit for great info and tips to help you improve your health.

 

Doctor and patient

Eat well

You are what you eat – the food you put in your body (what and how much of it you eat) affects how it works and can increase or decrease your risk of disease.
The foods and drinks we consume (our diet) play an important role in our overall health and wellbeing. A balanced diet, including sufficient fruit and vegetables, reduces a person’s risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend, for males, consuming a minimum of two serves of fruit and five to six serves of vegetables each day, depending on age, to ensure good nutrition and health.

There are many great resources to help you find healthier options. See Livelighter for great recipes and tips to get more fruit and veg on your plate as well as great healthy snack ideas and easy swaps.

See the Heart Foundation's tips for healthy eating to protect your heart.

Stay active

A car sitting in your shed will get rusty – and your body will start to fail too if it is not used! Moving is essential for good health and can help you avoid trouble down the track.  Aim to move your body regularly: at least 30 minutes of activity most days of the week.

Why get active?

Low levels of physical activity are a major risk factor for chronic conditions. People who do not do sufficient physical activity have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Being physically active improves mental and musculoskeletal health and reduces the risk of and helps control other risk factors such as overweight and obesity, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. Getting active also helps our mood, stress levels and is a great way to connect with others.

What can I do?

No effort is too small. Start with simple options and you will have more energy and motivation to add more activity as you go. Below are some easy tips to help you get active, aim to change one thing at a time –  and more will follow.

  • Break up long periods of sitting –  stand and stretch and go for a walk
  • Take the stairs
  • Turn off the TV and go for a brisk  walk –  you’ll get to know your neighbourhood too
  • Play with the kids or walk to the park and  kick the footy
  • Exercise with mates
  •  Get off public transport a couple of stops early or park your car further away
  • Walk or cycle to work -no need to rush –  enjoy the scenery
  • Do some work around the house, such  as gardening or DIY work
  • Swim, dance, walk the dog. Remember – it is important to stretch your muscles after exercise to avoid injuries!

A great way to get in some exercise and meet new people is to join a local sporting club or exercise group. Check out the City’s Activity Guide to find out about local activities you could join or see the sports and hobbies page.

Sleep

Sleep is the time for your body to recover from a day’s work. Decreased sleep has shown to increase weight gain, sensitivity to pain and affect appetite regulation and immune function. Also, it may increase the severity of age-related chronic disorders (such as diabetes). Try to achieve eight hours of restful sleep every night.

If you find it hard to fall asleep, there are apps available available to download that feature calming music, mindfulness or meditation.

Balance and connection

We all get caught up in life – often work takes up more time than is good for you. Make sure you balance your work with your hobbies, friends, family and rest. It will leave you happier and better equipped.

Relationships for men are extremely important, be it with family, friends, work colleagues or acquaintances. Studies have shown that social interaction decreases with age and men with good social connections, have a happier, healthier life. Having a strong support system is also really good for our mental health.

If you are looking for more ways to connect in your community why not explore the many ways to get involved through sports and hobbies, become a volunteer or get out in your community and attend some community events.

There are many great spaces for males to connect including the Rockingham Men’s Shed or the other groups and activities to get involved with in the Rockingham Activity Guide.

Why not lock in a catch up with your mates or schedule some family time this Men’s Health Week?

Mental health

Everyone’s mental health varies during their life, and can move back and forth along their own personal range between positive and healthy at one end through to severe symptoms or conditions that impact on everyday life at the other, in response to different stressors and experiences. Effectively managing your mental health can give you significant improvements in your quality of life, increase your capacity to support your family and your mates, and let you perform at your best.

Check out Beyond Blue for some great information and resources about mental health and how we can take care of ourselves and look out for our mates.
The above tips including eating well, getting a good night's sleep, staying connected and moving your body regularly also help keep you mentally healthy.

How else can I take care of my mental health?

Act Belong Commit

It is very likely you have heard of Act-Belong-Commit, but have you ever stopped to think about how you may be Act-Belong-Committing in your life?

Act-Belong-Commit is a simple message that helps people take positive steps for their mental health. 

  • Act

Keep mentally, physically and socially active.

  • Belong

Maintain and create new social connections, become involved in local groups and attend community events.

  • Commit

Take up a cause, volunteer, commit to something that brings meaning and purpose to your life.

Find out more at Act Belong Commit and discover ways you can A-B-C for your mental health and wellbeing.

Looking out for a loved one

As family, friends, coaches or colleagues, we play an important role in looking out for our loved ones. Speaking up and asking for help can be quite daunting so it is important we feel comfortable in checking in with those in our life. There are many great resources to learn more below.

Check out the Tomorrow Man project and Facebook page to see how they are working to re-invent masculinity.

Asking R U Ok? is really important. Find out more about how to ask R U OK.

If you are worried about yourself or a loved one please contact one of the mental health support services below.

Dads

Being a dad means with balancing many responsibilities and priorities. The Fathering Project has some great tips on how to manage if you feel you aren’t coping.

From videos on changing a nappy to support available for dads balancing a modern work-life balance, the Raising Children Network is free to access and available whenever you need some tips on dad duties.

If you would like to know more about how to support your young person, check out the many resources available at headspace. headspace is a free youth counselling foundation for in person, online and face-to-face support. Call Rockingham headspace on 6595 8888 or for online services call 1800 650 890.

City of Rockingham Health and Wellbeing Profile (May 2019)

Our Health and Wellbeing Profile was produced by the South Metropolitan Public Health Unit and the Department of Health WA. The profile demonstrates that the City of Rockingham plays a significant role in creating an environment for communities to prosper and enjoy good health. It influences many aspects of community life which contribute to health and wellbeing, e.g. urban planning, parks and facilities, transport, social support and community participation. The information in this profile will help to inform Council, the public, partners and other stakeholders about how well the local population is faring, and provide us with the evidence required to plan effectively for the health and wellbeing of the local community.

Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2022

Our Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2022 highlights the City’s vision for improving the health and wellbeing of the community.
 
Through extensive research of local community health needs and wider public health priorities, we have identified four priority areas which will form the key elements of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-2022.
 
The four priority areas of the strategy are:
 
• sport, recreation and physical activity
• social cohesion
• healthy lifestyles
• community education and awareness.

Please read on below to find out more about the many ways we are supporting the health and wellbeing of Rockingham residents. 

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Healthy eating and nutrition

We run free healthy eating and nutrition workshops throughout the year.

Coming workshops will be posted on this page and the What's On Calendar.

Food Sensations for Adults is currently fully booked. Future nutrition and healthy eating workshops will be promoted on this page.

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Active living 

We offer endless opportunities to Get Active

We also have a range of sport and recreation opportunities. Check out the  sport and recreation  page for more information.

If you are looking for an opportunity to join a club, get active or try something new check out the Rockingham Activity Guide.

 

Ways to get involved

Social Connector Program
Don’t have plans on the second Monday of each month? Want to get out and meet new people in Rockingham and try out fantastic food at local restaurants and cafes? All you need is a spare two hours a month from 12pm to 2pm. Anyone can attend and transport is available for those who meet the eligibility criteria.
For further information or to book in please call 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.
 
To find out more information about our Social Connector programs, visit community support services.
Heart Foundation Walking groups

Heart Foundation Walking is Australia's largest network of free community-based walking groups coordinated locally by the City of Rockingham. 

We have a number of free walking groups available for anyone to join. Meet regularly and enjoy a fun and social way to stay fit and healthy. 

If you would like to know more visit our Heart Foundation Walking page. 

Community workshops

We regularly run free community workshops. There is something for everyone. 

We also have events that are a great way to take part in your community. 

See our What's On Calendar for current events. 

Act Belong Commit

Act-Belong-Commit encourage everyone to do things to keep mentally healthy, just like we do things to stay physically healthy. 

It's as easy as A-B-C

Act

Keep mentally, physically and socially active.

Belong

Maintain and create new social connections, become involved in local groups, attend community events.

Commit

Take up a cause, volunteer, commit to something that brings meaning and purpose to your life.

If you would like to know more, visit Act-Belong-Commit for opportunities to get involved. 

Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back and stay active in the community. If you would like to become a volunteer see our Volunteering page. 

Support groups

Alzheimers Support Group

Meets every second Wednesday of the month, from 1pm–4pm at the Autumn Centre, McNicholl Street, Rockingham.

Cancer Support Group

Meets every Thursday from 10am-12pm at the Autumn Centre, McNicholl Street, Rockingham.

Rockingham/Peel Cancer Support Group (CCWA)

Support groups offer a confidential, supportive place to share experiences, learn from and connect with, others affected by cancer.  The Rockingham/Peel group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday. For more information, please visit the CCWA website or contact Melanie Taylor on 9591 3118.  

Breast Cancer Care WA

Visit Breast Cancer Care WA for information on local support groups.

Grandcare Support Group

The group meets at the Autumn Centre. Please check the notice board at the Autumn Centre for next group date.

Parkinson's Support Group

The Parkinson's Support Group meets every second Thursday of the month from 1pm–3pm. For more information, please contact the Autumn Centre on 9528 8560.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

The group meets every third Thursday of the month from 7pm–9pm at the Autumn Centre. For further information please contact Stephen on 0433 345 081 or email rockingham.pcsg@gmail.com.

Rockingham Carer Support Group

Support and information groups for carers of someone with a mental illness. The group meets every third Monday of the month from 1pm–3pm at Rockingham Mental Health, corner of Ameer and Clifton Street, Rockingham. For further information, please call 9427 7100 or email info@helpingminds.org.au.

Community gardens - Grow It Local

Gardening is good for the soul. If you are looking for an opportunity to join a local garden, visit our Grow It Local page for inspiration and more information about local community gardens you can join.

Grow It Local is a new community initiative to encourage more people to grow, share and eat locally grown foods. We are one of the first local governments to proudly support the initiative and we are encouraging local growers to "put their patch on the map" on the Grow It Local websiteopens in a new window.

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