Are you in control of your health? Take charge during Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month which includes the 20th anniversary of Men’s Health Week. That means it’s time to make sure that the guys in your life are well, and committed to healthy habits. From diet and exercise, to general lifestyle, there are many important factors that make up men’s health.

The most common health concerns for men are heart disease, stroke, depression/mental health, lung cancer and prostate cancer. Many people don’t think about how preventable these issues usually are.  Testicular cancer is curable when caught and treated early, as are other forms of the disease. Accidents are the number one cause of death for men under 44, and other careless mistakes take millions of lives annually.

Men’s Health Month encourages men to break bad habits, eat healthier, and exercise more. Sometimes it is something as simple as being a health advocate for the men in your life. So whether you’re making major changes or starting off small, Men’s Health Month is a time to set goals and get in control of your health.

Here are a few ways to support Men’s Health Month:

  • Wear blue- As the official color of Men’s Health Month, blue attire and blue ribbons are a great way to show your support. Organize a “wear blue” day at the office or sport blue ribbons on lapels.
  • Visit a physician or health fair- Meet doctors and healthcare professionals who can inform you about men’s health topics. Common issues are entirely treatable when caught early, so there is no better time to get yourself, or men you know, checked out.
  • Remain aware- Take part in Movember. Get in for a regular check up and make sure you know the health history of the men in your family. Be informed and stay aware of health risks, this will help you be proactive and move forward toward better health practices.
  • Participate in healthy activities- From exercise to diet, the health part of Men’s Health Month is the most important. Go for a bike ride or cook veggies on the grill. Plan something fun, there are a ton of exciting physical activities that are good for you.
  • Advocate- Disperse health tips and ideas online using the hashtag, #MensHealthMonth. Spreading awareness and engaging men is half the battle in keeping them healthy.

The sky’s the limit, helping men reach their healthy potential, but being an engaged patient and men’s health advocate is a great start. How else do you or the guys in your life focus on health and wellness?

Photo credit: Devon D’Ewart

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