Raise Awareness of
Preventable Health Problems
What is the best way to observe Men’s Health Month throughout June? There are many options.
Men’s Health Month is celebrated throughout the country with screenings, health fairs and other health education and outreach activities.
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
In 1994, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that declared the week before Father’s Day as Men’s Health Week. This year, everyone is encouraged to wear blue during the week of June 10 through Father’s Day on June 16.
Why are these observances so important?
Studies show that on average, men die five years younger than women and they die at higher rates from 9 of the top 10 causes of death. Men also are less likely than women to be insured.
Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week each help bring light to these issues that affect men disproportionately. This is the time to get men to become aware of problems they may have or might develop, and gain the courage to do something about it.
How can you help a man in your life?
Whether it’s your father, brother, husband or friend – or yourself – remember to encourage him to:
- Get a physical. Most factors that contribute to men’s shorter, less healthy lives are preventable. Prevention begins with your seeing a healthcare provider on a regular basis.
- Become physical. Whether it is walking, riding a bicycle or lifting weights, the benefits of physical activity on health outcomes are extensive.
- Eat healthy. A well-balanced diet is a key to a healthy lifestyle.
Remember blue is in style this time of year! As part of Men’s Health Week people are encouraged to wear something blue as a show of support for this special week.