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9 Easy, Effective Ways to Mark Men’s Health Month

9 Easy, Effective Ways to Mark Men’s Health Month

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

At birth, males outnumber females. For every 100 baby girls, 105 baby boys are born. Yet by age 35, women outnumber men. How can that be? In every age group, men are at greater risk for death than women.

Here are a couple other eye-opening facts about the current status of men’s health:

  • Men are more likely to be uninsured and less likely to receive physical exams than women.
  • Men have higher rates of suicide, cancer, heart disease and diabetes than women.
  • One in every two men will develop cancer.
  • On average, men die an average 5 years earlier than women.

Every June, the United States celebrates Men’s Health Month to raise awareness of facts like these and encourage earlier detection and treatment of disease in men and boys. Events around the country seek to get the attention of men and urge them to seek regular medical advice and timely healthcare treatment.

Looking to enhance your recognition of Men’s Health Month on a personal or organizational level? Consider these easy, quick and effective possibilities. They just might save a life.

  1. Download free posters and flyers raising awareness of Men’s Health Month and informing men about specific preventable diseases and conditions they should monitor for.
  2. Join Americans nationwide and designate June 16, the Friday before Father’s Day, Wear Blue Friday at work or in your neighborhood. Even something as simple as a blue ribbon pin or bracelet can launch meaningful conversation on the importance of men's health.
  3. Plan a mini-health fair with tables with information on heart health, prostate cancer, blood pressure or other health issues that affect men. Take it a step further and offer to do the same at a favorite store, the gym, or the local library. Need some free downloadable brochures? Click here.
  4. Give a men’s health talk to a community group. The Men’s Health Network website offers a multitude of facts on its resource center page.
  5. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or a blurb for the church newsletter about how men’s health affects entire families and urge regular, preventive care.
  6. Share social media posts raising education and awareness about men’s health issues. Dozens of prewritten, predesigned posts and pictures are available here.
  7. Schedule an after-work fitness activity for employees and patients in recognition of men’s health. Anything from hiking, golfing, pick-up basketball to bowling would be fun, healthy and do the job. And, who knows, maybe it could even become a regular event at your workplace.
  8. Write a blog post on a men’s health topic, such as the top causes of death or key health indicators.
  9. Take a male friend or relative to a healthcare appointment. Or, if you’re male, be a healthy example to your peers and the young men in your life. Exercise, make smart food choices, and see your healthcare provider regularly.

How are you celebrating Men’s Health Month? We’d love to hear your ideas for simple-yet-effective ways to raise awareness of the importance of men’s health.

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