First of its kind, online health awareness tool helps men make small changes to improve their health
June 9, 2014
/PRNewswire/ - Thanks to Sun Life Financial's support, Canadian men can now use
- a quick, free, anonymous online tool - to easily assess their risk for serious illnesses by answering a few simple questions.
- the world's first men's online health awareness tool - provides men with a customized report, suggestions for how to improve their quality of life and advice on how to establish healthy habits.
"With 70% of men's health issues being preventable, we are proud to support
as a way to bring early attention to the risk factors of certain diseases and promote a healthy lifestyle for Canadian men," said
, Assistant Vice-President, Philanthropy & Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial.
, created by the
University of British Columbia
(UBC) and launched by the new
Canadian Men's Health Foundation
(CMHF), enables men to assess their risk for serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, low testosterone and osteoporosis.
"As part of our philanthropic support, primarily aimed at diabetes awareness and prevention, we're thrilled to be part of an initiative that could make all the difference in someone's life," said Joliat.
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is programmed to analyze medical factors and answers relating to family history, and symptoms to produce a personal risk profile and make recommendations such as visiting a physician if necessary. It's an evidence-based educational resource that has the potential to change the way Canadian men examine their health now and in the future.
Risk factors for certain diseases vary widely between men and women, which is why
has the potential to be such a powerful tool. For example, Canadian men, on average, experience nine years of poor health and disability before death, are 40% more likely to die from cancer than women, and are 57% more likely to die from diabetes.
In 2009 the Men's Health Initiative of
was formed by the UBC with a goal of helping men feel better and live healthier. Now launching as the CMHF, their national awareness campaign,
Don't Change Much,
is encouraging men to make small, healthy lifestyle changes that will profoundly impact their lives.
The CMHF will work closely with the UBC to oversee pilot testing of
and work is underway to complete a similar tool for women in approximately a year.
For tips and tools for healthy living, visit
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial and its partners have operations in key markets worldwide, including
the United States
. As of
March 31, 2014
the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of
. For more information please visit
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the
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Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.
SOURCE Sun Life Financial Inc.