You know that June is the month we typically celebrate dads, but did you know that men everywhere have a reason to think of themselves during this month? That’s right, guys; June is Men’s Health Month, which means that these 30 days are all about you! This nationwide observance is dedicated towards raising awareness of preventable health issues in men and boys. Screenings, health fairs, educational activities and outreach events are available across the country to encourage early detection and treatment of male health issues.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, men are at much higher risk than women of suffering heart disease, cancer, injuries, stroke, HIV/AIDS and suicide. Even more concerning is the finding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that women are 100 percent more likely than men to visit the doctor for annual examinations and preventive services. This means that preventable and treatable conditions are likely to go undetected in men for longer periods of time.
Men’s Health Month is the perfect time to raise awareness of this growing problem and remind men everywhere to put their health first. Here are just a few ways you can get involved:
Blue is the color designated by the Men’s Health Network to raise awareness of men’s health issues. You can wear a blue t-shirt, ball cap, wristband or shoelaces. Or, if you really want to draw attention, dress in blue from head-to-toe for a day. You may even want to get your friends or co-workers involved. What matters most is that you make a statement and share your message. And let’s face it, blue looks great on pretty much everyone!
Organize a Health Fair
This can be as simple as a few tables set up in your workplace, or as large as a community-wide event. Contact nonprofit organizations, hospitals, gyms, doctor’s offices and physical therapy offices to see if they would be interested in setting up a booth. Many of these organizations love opportunities to raise health awareness in the community and are happy to get involved. You might be able to find a nurse to perform health screenings, a fitness instructor to give a class demonstration, or a massage therapist to give chair massages. You might even be able to secure some free giveaways from local companies!
Plan a 5K
What better way to raise awareness of men’s health issues than with a 5K? Not only will you get people exercising, but you’ll be able to raise funds for a worthy cause, like the Prostate Cancer Foundation. You could even coordinate the health fair to coincide with race registration.
Men’s Health Month may be all about guys, but women can observe this month too! Ladies, this is a great opportunity to let your man know that his health matters to you. If you know that he’s due for a visit to the doctor, encourage him to schedule an appointment. Make his health a priority during Men’s Health Month, and he will too!