June is Men’s Health Month!
Posted by E. Bailey Sterling on June 1st, 2020
Each year, NNLM observes Men’s Health Month in June. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st, and even if you don’t have a fantastic father to celebrate, this is an excellent time to show a guy in your life – a brother, a son, a friend, an uncle – how much you value him by talking to him about his health. There is significant evidence that men live shorter lives than women in the U.S.; this is a multifaceted issue with lots of contributing factors, but there are a few straightforward things we can address with the men we love that will certainly boost the number of Father’s Days they get to celebrate!
- Visit the doc: Men in the U.S. visit their healthcare providers less than women. Regular visits to your doc can help catch illness and disease like prostate cancer before it gets serious. Physicals are a good way to routinely check overall health! Visit healthcare.gov for more info on the screening tests you should undergo, and check out this American Heart Association article so you can learn how to encourage dad to see his doc!
- Exercise: Regular exercise, even just a half hour a day, contributes significantly to overall health – mental and physical. More on the benefits of exercise here.
- Stop smoking: More American men smoke than women, and smoking makes a person more likely to experience heart problems, lung disease, and cancer among other illnesses. If someone you love smokes, CDC has some awesome resources available to help them quit.
- Eat your greens: Heart disease claims the lives of more men than anything else. Eating heart-healthy foods – like lots of fresh fruits and vegetables – can decrease the risk of heart disease.
- Talk about it: Mental health is just as important as physical health. Sometimes, men’s mental health can be overlooked. Check in with the guys you love; a question as simple as “how are you feeling today?” can really make a big difference. If you are concerned for the mental or emotional well-being of someone, encourage them to visit a health professional. See this Blogadillo post for available mental health resources. In case of emergency, always call 9-1-1.
We are happy to report that most health issues that decrease the longevity of men’s lives are preventable. So, armed with this information, take just a minute or two this month to let your favorite fellas know how much you care. Oh, and don’t forget to wear blue on Friday, June 19!
To all the great dads out there, thank you, and Happy Father’s Day!
Visit www.menshealthnetwork.org for more tools and resources focused on men’s health.
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ABOUT E. Bailey Sterling
E. Bailey Sterling is a Digital Communications Specialist with the NNLM SCR and presently a graduate student pursuing an MS in Information Science specializing in Health Informatics from the University of North Texas (GMG!). She's also a Graduate Student Council Senator, Teaching Assistant, analog gamer, writer, and lifelong learner living in DFW.
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