As men, we are notoriously poor at looking after ourselves and this translates into much worse health outcomes and life expectancy compared to women. Particular problems relate to poor mental health, alcohol abuse, work stress and relationship problems as well as poor self-care, not seeking help when it is needed. Nearly all of the chronic illnesses that affect people living in affluent countries like Australia are lifestyle-related including cancer, heart disease, dementia and poor mental health. Essence is an acronym standing for a mindfulness-based healthy lifestyle program founded on seven pillars: Education, Stress management, Spirituality, Exercise, Nutrition, Connectedness and Environment. This interactive presentation will explore the role of each of these elements in promoting men’s health and preventing or managing chronic illness.
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