Men’s Health Month, hosted by the Men’s Health Network (MHN), occurs annually in June and serves to highlight the health issues that primarily affect men. The celebration can be traced back to 1992 but was officially recognized by Congress in 1994. The month is aimed at bringing awareness to not only men’s health problems, but also to treatment options.
Salvatore J. Giorgianni Jr., PharmD, a Senior Science Adviser to Men’s Health Network, emphasizes that if we look at “…the top 10 leading causes of death stratify by gender, men lead in 9 of the 10 categories.” The month of June also reminds men of the importance of maintaining optimal health by regularly visiting a primary care physician. According to a study, men are less likely than women to visit a doctor. With all of that said, what can we do to help our male-identifying friends, significant others, and family members keep their health in check? Below, we are highlighting 3 main ways to accomplish exactly that!
Wear Blue Day
Wear Blue Day is held the Friday before Father’s Day in an effort to encourage people to “…show their concern for the health and well-being of boys and men.” Despite this, there are many people who are not aware that Men’s Health Month is a yearly occurrence. You can raise awareness for men’s health issues by encouraging your coworkers to wear blue and providing them with facts and resource information about men’s health issues.
Although the phrase “Grow a Mo, Save a Bro” might cause you to chuckle, Movember (no shave November) has grown to be one of the most well-known ways to advocate for men’s health. The aim of suddenly growing a mustache in November is all in an effort to start conversations surrounding men’s health. Can’t grow a mustache? No problem! Movember is also a charity organization that donates its contributions to “medical research, groundbreaking trials and tests, life-changing health programs and innovative treatments.” So, put down the clippers and help raise awareness or even raise some donations!
Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk
Participating in a fundraising run with friends and loved ones is a fun way to contribute as a group! Zero, the only national prostate cancer charity to receive the highest- possible rating for financial responsibility from Charity Navigator, hosts running events that help provide free prostate cancer testing throughout the country. Head to their website to find out the details of registering for an upcoming event near you.
Although Men’s Health Month is almost at an end, awareness can be raised all year-long! We encourage you to start conversations with the males in your life to ensure that they remain as healthy as possible, for as long as possible. For more tips on health and wellness, keep up with us on social media!