Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? Its purpose is to encourage early detection of preventable health issues in men and boys through screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities, according to the official site.
The statistics are pretty sobering: men do not see physicians for a physical exam nearly as often as women, they’re more likely to be uninsured and about 30,000 men in the U.S. die every year due to prostate cancer, according to the Men’s Health Network.
But it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. There are steps you can take right now to help bring awareness to this important issue and encourage the men in your life to make their health a priority. Here are a few suggestions:
Plan a “Wear Blue Day.”
Get your family or co-workers thinking about the importance of Men’s Health Month by organizing a “Wear Blue Day,” started by the Men’s Health Network and aimed at raising awareness about men’s health issues. Choose a day, an amount that you’d ideally like to raise for an organization that supports this cause, and go blue from head to toe.
Plan a mini health fair.
Ask a local doctor or nurse to visit your workplace, church or community group to talk about the importance of prevention and educating men about health issues. Specific topics could include heart health, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, blood pressure and more.
Round up your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends to participate in some fun activities that get your blood pumping. Some possibilities include: a group walk, game of golf or flag football, tennis, hiking or even bowling. More and more studies are telling us that sitting is killing us, so use this month as a great excuse to get moving.
In celebration of Men’s Health Month, Sam’s Club also is offering free men’s health screenings at its pharmacies on June 9. The first 75 people who show up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will receive a prostate-specific antigen test, as well as body mass index and blood pressure tests.
What are some ways you’re planning on celebrating?