Men's Health Programs and Services
The Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men's Health works with research end-users to translate our new knowledge into advancing health literacy, health policy and practice.
Some of our community programs and materials are found below. For a list of health services and community programs for males, please see the Useful links list at the bottom of this page.
GIRTH 12 week Healthy Lifestyle Community Based Program for Men
GIRTH (Get Involved Reach Top Health) is a 12-week peer-led community based healthy lifestyle program for men and run by men. Groups of men meet for 12 weekly sessions to increase knowledge and develop self-management skills around nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and stress with the overall aim of achieving sustainable lifestyle change for better health. A range of male specific (lower urinary tract syndrome, erectile dysfunction, testosterone, and prostate cancer) and other health education topics are also covered.
To run a program, you need a venue that will accommodate up to 15 men (max group size), men interested in participating, and two men who are willing to share the job of running the program as volunteer peer leaders. Peer leaders are trained in group facilitation techniques by the Centre.
For more information on how to have GIRTH run in your community or business, please contact us.
This program was developed by the Centre in collaboration with the CSIRO and SA Health.
ifarmwell - Online tool supporting farmer health and well-being
ifarmwell.com.au is a free, online tool to help Australian farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day.
It has been developed by Australian farmers in collaboration with a range of organisations from across the agricultural, health, mental health, university and financial sectors.
The Freemasons Foundation and the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health at the University of Adelaide have been a proud collaborative partner in this project led by University of SA Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Clinical Psychologist, and farmer Dr Kate Gunn.
SNAPS SA Health - Healthy Lifestyle Information Brochures
Healthy Lifestyle brochures may be downloaded below and can be found at the SA Health's men's health services website
Let's be Frank
Let's Be Frank is a series created to inform you on men's health issues.
- Avoiding the Belly Fat - eat real food, move more
- Obstructive sleep apnoea - know the risks
- Lower urinary tract symptoms - not ok
- Health and your GP - men behaving badly
- Erectile dysfunction - window to your heart
- Depression in men - talk through your problems
- Prostate cancer screening - be informed
Assess your health
Why measure your waist
Waist circumference is a convenient and simple measure to tell you much body fat you have and where it is placed around your body.
Changes in waist size over time can indicate an increase or decrease in abdominal fat which is associated with increased risk of heart attack and other chronic diseases.
- According to WHO and NHMRC, a waist circumference of more than 80cm for women and 94cm for men increases the risk of developing chronic disease.
- A waist measurement of more than 88cm for women and 102 cm for men means a greatly increased risk of metabolic complications.
Measuring your waist
- Place the tape measure halfway between your hip bone and your lowest rib, around the smallest area above your belly button.
- Make sure the tape measure is level all the way around and does not push in or indent the skin.
- Relax, exhale, and measure.
The Australian Type 2 Diabetes risk assessment tool
We recommend you read the information on how to measure your waist correctly before taking the test.
Facts about waist size
- Significantly more men than women have a weight problem.
- Men lose weight faster than women.
- The really good news is that by losing a small amount of weight you can experience significant health and wellbeing benefits.
- Large waist size is linked to erectile dysfunction and low testosterone levels which can lead to other problems including fatigue, mood changes, muscle changes and weaker bones.
- Overweight men have greater overall health risks than overweight women, particularly during middle age. Men are more likely to carry excess weight around their abdomen which is riskier than weight around the hips and thighs. Overweight men tend to have more visceral fat (ie fat that surrounds the internal organs) which increases the risk of heart attack, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Ischaemic heart disease is the leading cause of premature death among males (11.1% of potential life years lost).
Benefits of a healthy lifestyle
- Prevent or improve serious health conditions - adopting a healthier lifestyle is the natural and effective way of preventing or treating chronic disease. Reducing your waist size reduces your chance of a heart attack or stroke, lowers your blood pressure, reduces bad blood fats (cholesterol) and prevents or improves diabetes and associated complications. In some cases, diabetes can be cured through lifestyle change.
- Better mental health - regular physical activity and health eating improves mental health by alleviating stress, reducing anxiety and depression, and improving your sleep.
- More energy - more mobility - when you carry less weight around, you breathe better and improve circulation – you will be able to do things easily like play with your kids, or play sport with your mates.
- Preserve your independence - by carrying less weight and increasing general fitness, you can look and feel more youthful, protect and build muscles and bone, prevent falls and fractures, and prevent dementia.
- Better sleep - reduced waist size will improve your sleep because you will breathe better, snore less, and sleep more deeply. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, it could mean dumping your air pumps and mask!
- Better sex - the really good news is that reduced waist size may improve sexual function.
- Better work performance - a healthier lifestyle will improve sleep, reduce fatigue, improve oxygen circulation to the brain, and improve concentration and memory.
- Greater confidence - when you adopt a healthier lifestyle you empower yourself and improve your self image because you look better, sweat less and have more energy.