With June comes National Men’s Health Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of preventable disease and the importance of early detection and treatment in men and boys. Started by a congressional health education program in 1994, this month will provide screenings, media outreach, health fairs, and multiple other health education and outreach activities. This month medical professionals will have the opportunity to emphasize the importance of men and boys getting regular check-ups and accept early treatment for injuries and disease. There are thousands of awareness activities in the U.S. and around the world.
Men have a shorter overall life expectancy than women by about five percent or, to be put in simpler words, a man born on the same day as a woman is expected to die approximately three years earlier than that woman. The reason for this is unclear but there has been speculation that factors such as physical activity, lifestyle, and other gender differences may be the cause. The leading cause of death in men in the U.S. is heart disease which, if caught early enough, can be treated and reduce the effects drastically.
You can take part in Men’s Health Month by organizing activities in your area such as screenings and health fairs to encourage men and boys in your area to get check-ups regularly and keep up with their health. You can also plan a “Wear Blue” event to raise awareness of Men’s Health Month and it’s efforts, create an awareness fundraiser, and use social media to promote these events as well as the month as a whole. A great way to stay motivated is to set a goal so that you have something to strive for. We can all work to make a difference in the lives and health of ourselves and the men in our lives.