** Recruitment has ended for this project. No further volunteers are needed at this time. **
The Institute for Health and Ageing was awarded the Australian Heart Foundation’s Vanguard grant to fund the development of ManGuard. This grant will also allow the team to test whether ManGuard is an effective approach to minimising the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease for men at midlife.
ManGuard is an online health promotion program, designed for men between 40 and 65 years of age. For men, this stage of life is often associated with a decline in physical and mental health. It is also a time when patterns for healthy or unhealthy aging are established. Furthermore, most health promotion programs implemented for men at midlife are reactive, in that they aim to address health behaviours once they have been diagnosed, which can be expensive to both the individual, and the Australian health system.
ManGuard takes a preventative approach to cardiovascular health. It helps men at midlife identify an area of cardiovascular health they would like to improve, such as diet, exercise, to reduce alcohol consumption, or quit smoking. Specifically, the program guides men to:
- Increase knowledge of cardiovascular health;
- Develop essential skills for successful goal setting;
- Identify environmental, social and psychological barriers to successful goal achievement;
- Improve self-efficacy to promote positive health behaviours such as decreasing sedentary activities, smoking and alcohol use, and increasing physical activity, a healthy diet, and adaptive coping strategies.