Healthy Routines

Personal action - what males themselves can do

Page last updated: 24 May 2010

Get information on preventable diseases, risk factors and simple steps to start and keep a healthy routine75:

  • HealthInsite (Australian Government health information website) – www.healthinsite.gov.au
  • M5 Project: Men’s Preventive Health (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) – www.m5project.com.au
  • Foundation 49 – www.49.com.au (see also the Access to Health Services support document for more detail)
  • Freemasons Foundation for Men’s Health (tips on losing weight and assessing your health risks) –
  • www.adelaide.edu.au/menshealth
  • Cancer Council Australia – www.cancer.org.au – Helpline 13 11 20
  • Diabetes Australia – www.diabetesaustralia.com.au – Infoline 1300 136 588
  • Heart Foundation – www.heartfoundation.org.au – 1300 36 27 87
  • Measure Up – www.measureup.gov.au
    • Measure your waist (men have an increased risk of chronic disease if their waist measures more than 94 cm and a greatly increased risk if their waist measures more than 102 cm)
  • National Stroke Foundation – www.strokefoundation.com.au – StrokeLine 1800 787 653
  • QUIT Now: the National Tobacco Campaign – www.quitnow.info.au – Quitline 131 848 or 13 7848.
  • Participate if you receive an invitation to participate in the National Bowel Screening Program.
  • Talk to your doctor about having a health check or if you are experiencing symptoms, and
  • Get your blood pressure and your blood cholesterol checked.

Follow the Heart Foundation’s top five tips for sticking with healthy living resolutions

Small changes to your eating habits can make a big difference. Try switching to reduced fat milk instead of full fat milk, ditching the cakes or biscuits for morning tea, and choosing a piece of fruit or opting for wholegrain bread instead of white.
  • Look for ways to build physical activity into your day. Walk or ride a bike instead of driving. If you must drive, park further away and walk the extra distance rather than driving around for the perfect park, or take a break during the day and go for a 15-minute walk.
  • Review the changes you’ve made and note how you are feeling. Changes should be long term, so it’s important to be enjoying your life and feeling good about yourself.
  • Reward yourself – when a change becomes a habit, buy yourself some new clothes, or visit a place you enjoy.
  • Keep going with your changes – it’s normal to have days when it all becomes too hard, but don’t worry about it. Just keep going with your changes the next day.