AS MEN age, there is a need for them to pay greater attention to their health.
Project ManAge, a community service powered by MagnumCares, aims to highlight the importance of men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer.
The project kicked off for the first time in 2016 with awareness activities such as health talks and a “Show Your MO” photo contest in August last year.
Held in collaboration with the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM), the project wrapped up with a grand finale at Jaya Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya recently.
The highlight was the Men’s Health Awareness Talk led by consultant urological surgeon Associate Professor Dr George Lee Eng Geap and NCSM education development executive Kenneth Low Kien Yong.
Several on-ground activities were also held, including free BMI analysis, blood glucose and blood pressure tests, Zumba as well as singing and dance performances.
Magnum Group corporate social responsibility and public affairs manager Eliza Chang Meei Lee said it was high time the male community had a place where they can learn more about the importance of regular health checks and maintenance.
“Generally, men tend to take care of their families first and often overlook their own health. Prostate and testicular cancer can be a sensitive and less approachable topic, so when the disease is diagnosed, it may be too late.
“Project ManAge aims to spread the message to get men to start taking charge of their own health,” added Chang.
He said response to the talks was encouraging.
“It exceeded our expectations; the men who were present were quite up front with their queries during the question and answer sessions.
“This shows that men are concerned about these issues,” said Chang, adding that this was reason enough for MagnumCares to make it an annual campaign.
Low said the talk was aimed at enlightening the male community about common cancers that affect them.
“Generally, Malaysians know about some health risks, but many are not taking the initiative to do what is best for them.
“We’re not only looking to change their mindset, we’re trying to give them useful information,” he said.
Low also shared the cornerstones of good health, which include maintaining an ideal weight, being physically active and having a balanced diet.
Project ManAge was supported by True Fitness, Hotel Flamingo, Jaya Shopping Centre, Mega Ultimate, Sin Chew Media Corporation Bhd, Epson, MBG Fruits and MPI General Insurance.