“Get outside and be as adventurous as you can” – Witeria Ashby
Making healthier choices means that we can be there for our whānau, and take leadership in helping our loved ones live longer and healthier lives too. A good place to start is thinking about some of the most common illnesses that affect Māori men, and how to prevent or manage them: heart disease, diabetes, cancer, smoking-related diseases, and mental distress.
A general health checkup can detect many problems like these before they become more serious. There’s also some excellent health advice online, and programmes to help you achieve your goals. Take a look at our support page for more information. Visit our facts and stats page about Maori men and physical health.
Whakawhanuangatanga – Build relationships, relate well socially, communicate
- Make a commitment with your friends or whānau to make healthier choices together
- Contact a support group or programme to help you manage an illness
- Get involved in a sports group or club. Koha me te aroha – Gift with love
- Support friends or whānau who are struggling with an illness
- Volunteer for a physical activity, like refereeing sports events or joining environment clean-up days.
Whakatewhatewha – Examine, inquire, explore
- Find out how to prepare healthier food
- Learn how to manage any health conditions you have, or that run in your family
- Pick up a new skill or activity that helps keep you active.
Kia mataara, mohiotanga – Alertness, insight, intelligence, knowledge
- Pay attention to your health – get a regular health check up
- Notice what makes you feel well and do more of it!
- Be aware of what triggers less healthy behaviour – for instance smoking when you’re stressed.
Mahi kakamā – Be nimble and active
- Get out there and be adventurous – physical activity helps prevent or manage a lot of health conditions
- Talk to your doctor about a green prescription
- Giving up smoking will help you be more active.
Are you at risk of heart attack or stroke?
Healthy eating and physical activity – tips to reduce your cancer risk
| Diabetes prevention and management
Keeping well with diabetes – English version
Ahakoa kei te pangia koe e te mate huka whāia te oranga – Te reo māori version
He ara oranga – a journey to wellbeing
Read about the other cornerstones of health