June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s why education and awareness are critical to improving men’s health.
Men’s Health Month occurs every June and is focused on raising awareness about early detection of preventable disease in men and boys. Why the importance? Despite having better health outcomes than women over the course of their lives, men live shorter lives than women, are less likely to have a primary care provider, are less likely to follow-through on physician recommended testing and medication management and are less likely to have health insurance.
Luckily, there are many things that men can do in order to improve their health and overall lifespan.
- Exercise: If you are not used to being active, try walking a trail at your local park or counting your steps at work. Exercise can be anything that you enjoy doing-some of my favorites include gardening, biking and swimming. Health Fitness research shows that even 10 minutes of exercise a week can lower your risk from early death from cardiovascular disease by as much as 18 percent.
- Maintain Healthy Eating Habits: Physicians state that consuming large amounts of sodium can increase your risk for heart disease and high cholesterol. Try adding more fruits, veggies and lean meats to your diet and save the Wing Stop combo for a Friday night treat.
- Establish Primary Care: You can’t care for your family if you are unwell yourself. Schedule yearly appointments with a primary care doctor so that you can keep track of your blood pressure, height, weight and cholesterol. To find a doctor near you visit our locations tab.
- Schedule regular health screenings: Healthy men should have their first prostate cancer screening around the age of 40 because prostate cancer is a leading cause of death in American men. Other important health screenings include STI testing, comprehensive eye examinations, total cholesterol examinations, osteoporosis testing, diabetes screening and rectal exams.
Your family can be involved in your health, too.
- Raise Awareness: Your family and friends can raise awareness about men’s health by wearing blue for “Blue Friday”, which is held the Friday before Father’s Day yearly.
- Maintain Healthy Eating Habits: Your family can also be involved in meal planning and prepping. Cooking can be a time to teach your children healthy habits or unwind with your partner at the end of the day.
- Plan Outings: Exercise is always more fun with a group. Try planning a family hiking day at a local state park or visiting the gym one day a week with your best friend. Accountability is key to success!
Community Healthcare Systems offers a wide variety of services at our 15 locations. We have primary care providers in every office. We offer regular screenings and annual wellness visits. We also have a 340(b) pharmacy and a sliding fee scale for un-insured patients.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Men’s Health Month”https://www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/content.aspx?ID=10238
- Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center June: Men’s Health https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-promotion/Pages/hp-toolbox-june.aspx
- A comprehensive resource guide for men’s health http://www.menshealthlibrary.org/
- The Friday Five-June is Men’s Health Month https://www.healthcarenowradio.com/the-friday-five-june-is-mens-health-month/
- Men’s Health Overview https://medlineplus.gov/menshealth.html
- In the Fight Against Prostate Cancer, Every Month is Men’s Health Month https://prognoshealth.com/blog/in-the-fight-against-prostate-cancer-every-month-is-mens-health-month/
- Nonprofit Education: www.menshealthweek.org
- Nonprofit Education: http://www.talkingaboutmenshealth.com/
- Nonprofit Education https://menshealthnetwork.org/
- Facebook/Twitter: #MensHealthMonth