It’s not a topic we often hear about, but given that Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, it is one we should all be thinking about – men’s health.
Especially because it’s also Men’s Health Week, and the national awareness project has decided this year to focus on the diabetes epidemic, sweeping the nation… and the world.
Almost 10 percent of the population, around 30.3 million people, have diabetes. This rate is exceptionally higher among men and the effects are different. Men – regardless of their race or ethnicity – are more likely than women to have prediabetes and the harmful effects of sugary snacks and libations are exponentially compounded, increasing the risk. But diabetes not onlyaffects those fighting this disease – and their loved ones – but it is also a significant issue for public health, amounting to almost $200 million a year in healthcare costs across the nation.
And at Charidy we care deeply about the health of everyone – from our employees and our clients, to our local and global community, even the environment (find out more about our mission to #StopTheStraws here).
That’s why we wanted to highlight four critical and innovative approaches to addressing the issue of men’s health and diabetes around the world.
1) Designing Diabetes data for the next generation
The DiabetesMine Innovation Project began in 2007 as an idea to improve the functionality and aesthetics of the medical devices and tools that patients with diabetes use — and often wear on their bodies — each and every day for their entire lives. The initiative went viral, after an open letter to the late Steve Jobs from the project was posted online, and quickly developed from chat room conversations into the DiabetesMine Design Challenge, to an international crowdsourcing competition that has awarded over $50,000 in prize money over the years.
Learn more about the project in this video!
2) Initiating the conversation around men’s health
The Men’s Health Initiative is on the frontlines of reducing the gender health gap and health inequities confronted by men. Focused on creating compassionate communities of care, the organization situates the well-being of the whole male as central for a productive, happy and healthy life. MHI works to address preventative care while also translating ideas into action through advancing social responsibility and volunteerism as a means to better integrate social, emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, and environmental influences around men and their families. Through boundary-breaking research in health, behavior and social science, MHI truly believes that knowledge is power… and can be empowering. And by addressing the human element of health and wellness for men, MHI is advancing a new way for all dads to live, work and love.
3) Tech tackles men’s health for families everywhere
From artificial organs, micro-insular attachments or mobile applications – new medical technologies have made science fiction-like advancements to help prevent diabetes as well as live and thrive with it. From devices that utilize a smartphone for testing blood sugar levels to smart technology that ensures a patient is always under observation by medical staff – even when they are at home – the technology industry and the wide-ranging advancements they are achieving is changing the way dad’s define, defeat or deal with diabetes in the Twenty-First Century.
4) Alfred goes dollar for dollar for dads down under
Charidy takes global health issues very seriously and that’s why we are teaming up with The Alfred on August 30 (Father’s Day in Australia), to help raise life-saving funds for one of the country’s most important trauma care centers. It is also the region’s only heart and lung transfer centre, intensive burn unit and Melanoma speciality centre – a serious problem on the sunny continent. This unique campaign is exclusively focused on providing increased services for men’s health throughout Victoria with a AUD $1 million raise. And we can’t wait to help them reach their goal… because that’s a lot of healthy dads!
Check out the campaign at charidy.com/alfred.