MNBC is Wearing Plaid for Dad to raise PROSTATE CANCER awareness during Men's Health Week

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June is one of the months we celebrate the wonderful men in our lives. Not only do we celebrate Father’s Day on June 21st, we also celebrate Canadian Men’s Health week from June 15th to the 21st. During this week we honor the importance of the health and wellness of all Métis men, and how vitally important it is to participate in regular screening and checkups.

According to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation:

- 70% of men’s chronic health conditions are caused by lifestyle - and only 30% is genetic
- Canadian men are 57% more likely to die from Diabetes than women
- Canadian men are 79% more likely to die from heart disease then women
- 67% of all Canadian men are overweight or obese
- Canadian men are 40% more likely to die from cancer then women
- Canadian men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women
- Canadian men spend on average nine years of their lives in poor health often related to lifestyle

This year, on June 19th, Métis Nation British Columbia is joining in the #Plaidfordad campaign in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. The campaign focuses on wearing plaid to bring awareness to prostate cancer and the many lives it effects.

We hope you will join us on June 19th in bringing awareness to this important cause by taking a photo wearing your plaid and posting to social media with the hashtags #plaidfordad #menshealth #metismen #MNBC.

We have put together some tips and tricks that have been known to promote Men’s Health.

1. Have a guy’s night! Now more than ever we are finding it more difficult to socialize and this can affect our mental wellness. There are many online platforms that can host virtual “Happy Hours” or a “Guy’s night” such a Skype and ZOOM. Of course, there is always the conventional phone call!
2. Get Moving. Not only is exercise great for your physical health, but also your mental health. Some great examples are hiking, walking, biking, and any outdoor leisure activity. Of course, always keep in mind physical social distancing if you choose to go outside.
3. Hydrate. It is recommended to drink at least 8 cups of water per day. There are many other considerations when knowing how much water to drink in a day (such as exercise), so it’s very important to do your research.
4. practice traditional teachings, such as prayer and smudging. Keep Calm. It is extremely important to take a few minutes out of your day to take a nice long deep breath. Consider giving yourself time to meditate, it can help bring you back to a grounded place and encourage your mental clarity. As well, you can
5. Swap out the Pizza! Eating a variety of healthy foods can make you feel good while maintaining your health. There are many great programs that can help modify your eating habits, while still allowing you to indulge in your favorite chocolate bar or slice of pizza.

“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” Robert Urich

MNBC is "All about Plaid for Dad"