Every June, we celebrate dads on Father’s Day. A lesser-known but equally important reason to get excited about June is that it’s National Men’s Health Month (#MHM2021). This month is set aside as an important time to recognize mental and physical health issues facing men and boys.
“Men are often not proactive about their health,” explains CHLI internal medicine expert Dr. Leon Henderson-MacLennan. “The month of June is an excellent time for men to take a closer look at their health so they can make changes that will increase longevity and happiness.”
Research shows that men, on average, die earlier than women. While there are many factors, one of these is a lack of education about important health issues such as making lifestyle changes and getting regular physical exams.
This June, take the time to examine the mental and physical health of the men and boys in your life.
Take COVID prevention seriously
Even though vaccines are becoming more widely distributed, we are not out of the COVID woods yet. Now is an excellent time to revisit COVID prevention methods, like washing your hands thoroughly after coming into contact with surfaces, wearing a mask, and continuing to maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people.
Schedule a prostate exam
One of the campaigns #MHM is passionate about is raising awareness of prostate cancer. This June, men ages 40 and older should learn how to get screened for this deadly illness. Review information from the Men’s Health Network and schedule a screening appointment.
Staying active is one of the best ways to prevent diseases and maintain a healthy weight. Gather a group of men and boys to have fun getting active! Play some pickup basketball, organize a golf outing, or hit the beach for some surfing or swimming. This is a great time to develop new, healthy habits that will keep you active all year long.
Try new foods
Learn some new recipes that incorporate healthy, whole ingredients. Take a cooking class with your family or book time with a nutritionist to find new ways to use food as fuel at CHLI.
Share Men’s Health Month with Your Loved Ones
If you plan any events, the organizers of Men’s Health Week want to hear about it! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know so they can add your event to their calendar and advertise it in their national press release. Review the MHM social media toolkit for more ideas, posters, logos, and hashtags to use to spread awareness all month long.
CHLI has you covered with several ways to improve your health this month. Find fitness classes suitable for every level, learn how to optimize your nutrition with help from an expert, or take a health assessment. See our complete list of offerings on our website.