The start of summer is always a great time to get outside and get active. How serendipitous that it coincides with the 24th annual Men’s Health Month. Grab your Dad, brother, uncle, son, grandpa, or any male friend and encourage them to focus on their health this month.
The Facts About Men’s Health
- Men are at a greater risk of death in every age group
- Men have a higher rate of suicide than women
- Men have a higher rate of workplace injuries than women
- Men do not get physical exams from physicians as often as women
You can help alter these facts. Join Positive Promotions in raising men’s health awareness in June and all year round by trying out a few of the activities and actions listed below.
Men’s Health Week is June 11-17
Designated by Congress, the week leading up to Father’s Day is Men’s Health Week. During this added awareness period within Men’s Health Month, everyone, both men and women, are encouraged to foster a focus on healthiness and healthcare for the men in their lives. An increase in health can lead to an increase in longevity and happiness: what great gifts to give the men in your life!
Here are our top ideas for celebrating Men’s Health Week and promoting male health all throughout Men’s Health Month:
- Exercise – Walk, run, bike, hike, garden, play ball. Find a type of exercise that gets their heart pumping and accompany them for 30 minutes several times a week.
- Examine – Schedule a physical. Setting a health baseline and completing early screenings with a physician is important. Be sure to write any health questions down and take along to the appointment. It can often be difficult to remember everything in the moment.
- Cook – Plan and cook a healthy meal together. Collect the ingredients from a local store or farmer’s market.
- Talk – Turn off the television or video game and spend a little time catching up with some good old-fashioned conversation.
- Educate – Seek out a health fair in your community or at your gym. Learn about important topics like blood pressure, cholesterol, prostate and colon cancer, and body fat.
- Try – Sign up for a meditation class to lower stress or a yoga class to increase flexibility. Learning new things slows brain aging.
- Share – It’s easy to start new programs and often hard to keep them going. Include other male friends and family in your plans and cheer each other on to a healthier future.
Gear up for Father’s Day and early summer weekends and let Men’s Health Month be the driving theme to get your favorite men on the move and excited about improving their health.