Anchored by a Congressional health education program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.
The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.
What can you do to get involved with Men’s Health Month and take steps to improve your health? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you:
- Get more sleep! – Insufficient sleep is associated with many different chronic conditions like arthritis and hypertension, and could be contributing to other problems. If something is preventing you from sleeping 7-9 hours a night, talk with your healthcare provider about ways to minimize the impact.
- Move More! – Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate intensity exercise a week. Reaching this goal becomes increasingly difficult, especially with chronic conditions like osteoporosis and diabetes. However, even small amounts of physical activity can reduce pain, stiffness, fatigue, and discomfort. If you’re having trouble getting motivated, or are worried about physical activity while managing a chronic condition, check out our Walk with Ease and Arthritis Exercise programs. These programs are not “one size fits all” and will help you find an exercise regimen that works best for you. Check out our classes and finds what’s available in your area!
- Stay on top of your game! – Keeping track of your health needs can almost feel like a full time job sometimes, but seeing your healthcare provider regularly can help you detect health problems early. Pay attention to signs and symptoms – keep a running list to bring to your healthcare provider. Don’t hesitate to call and ask if you think something might be serious. Our Living a Healthy Life (a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program) can help you with self-management skills like talking to your doctor, setting goals, and maintaining exercise and nutrition plans. Check out our classes and finds what’s available in your area!
- Get your community involved! – Plan a “Wear Blue” day in your neighborhood or office. Set up a fundraiser for a local Men’s Health organization. Bring your peers together for a softball game or hike in honor of the event. Even the smallest steps can help raise awareness for Men’s Health and spread the word in your community
For men with chronic conditions, check out these resources: