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72% of Canadian Men Live Unhealthy Lifestyles

First national study of all health behaviors

Men, Take Your Health Seriously

As we celebrate the men in our lives on Father’s Day, June dedicates few days to men’s health awareness.

Canadian Men’s Health week - June 11 to 17

New Canadian research finds seventy-two percent of men regularly demonstrate two or more unhealthy habits, including a poor diet, smoking cigarettes, problem drinking, not exercising or not getting regular sleep.

The study, conducted on behalf of the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF), is the first in this country to study health behaviors rather than diseases, and the first to simultaneously look at five key health behaviors that help prevent chronic disease (diet, sleep, exercise, smoking and drinking). Its release coincides with the first day of Canadian Men’s Health Week, which takes place annually in the week leading up to Father’s Day.

Details of the study findings include: 

  • 62% of Canadian men have an unhealthy diet;
  • 54% of Canadian men under or over sleep;
  • 59% of Canadian men do not get 150 minutes of moderate-to-strenuous exercise per week;
  • 39% of Canadian men have unhealthy alcohol consumption; and
  • 20% of Canadian men smoke cigarettes.

Only 6% of respondents exhibited no unhealthy behaviors and were classified as ‘very healthy.’ Those who exhibited only one unhealthy behavior were deemed healthy (22%). Men with two unhealthy behaviors were considered borderline (31%) and those with three or more of the above behaviors were classified as unhealthy (42%).

Most of us have the best intentions for living a healthy lifestyle. But, with the stress and rush of everyday life, it is easy to get detoured. Sometimes, you must put yourself out there. Although health is a personal issue, there is a lot riding on your shoulders. Your significant other, children, friends, colleagues, and teammates. You need more than a strong back to carry life’s load. Make a true effort to take care of yourself. That includes finding out exactly what counts as nutritious eating, an effective workout, and preventative healthcare. Consider this a quick guide to get you started.

Preventative Health starts with standard screenings prescribed for men:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • HIV and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Glaucoma
  • Dental health


In spite of all these preventions, the Canadian Cancer Society says one in two Canadians is expected to get cancer, and one in four will die from the disease

So, as a father

You give so much each and every day. Give more. Give back to yourself. Your health matters. It affects you as well as your family. It impacts your financial well-being and the family’s economy. Life is your game. Play to win. Think seriously about having a Critical Illness insurance to protect your family and your finances in rainy days, and get your money back if you.

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Farah Jahed

Senior Financial Advisor
Insurance & Investment Broker

Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)

Certified Health Specialist (CHS) 

Member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)

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