National Men’s Health Week runs from June 13 to 20. And, with the week leading up to Father’s Day, it’s a great time to remind the men in our lives how much they matter. Personally, my Dad is getting older and I want him to be around for a long time since he has his grandkids – and he wants to be there too!
This week recognizes the importance of preventative care, such as regular exercise, improving our diet, and regular doctor visits. It rolls into National Men’s Health Month, where the entire month is a time to draw attention to various ways guys can be taking better care of themselves.
Want to help? Why not consider one of these activities?
SEE YOUR DOCTOR
Lots of guys are notorious for avoiding their doctor. If you know a guy like this, or maybe it’s you, take that first step. Make an appointment. You can start with a wellness checkup and go from there. It’s a great first step to better lifelong habits.
HIT THE GYM
There’s plenty of excuses to not work out, but rarely are there any good ones. Help the men in your life start a fitness regimen. At home, my partner and I take regular evening walks. After mastering this first step, we’ve since stepped up our game (pun intended). Hitting the gym doesn’t have to be taken literally – just start by hitting the pavement first!
BLUE RIBBON SPECIAL
The blue ribbon is a symbol for National Men’s Health Week. Wearing this symbol helps show your solidarity to the cause. Anytime we’re uplifting another, we’re uplifting all people. Not only that, it’s a great conversation starter and great way to start a conversation with men you know.
MEN’S HEALTH BY THE NUMBERS
In honor of Men’s Health Week, MedStar Health conducted a nationwide survey of men in the U.S. which shows that men are more health savvy than ever. Just check out these results!
Who makes your doctor’s appointments?
73% of men make most of their doctor’s appointments.
Is your mental health more important than your physical health?
85% of men agree that their mental health is as important as their physical health, and 58% have sought professional health for their mental well-being.
How often do you exercise?
65% of men exercise more than three times a week.
What is your main reason for exercising?
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Look better
- Lose weight
- Avoid gaining weight
Do you take good care of your heart health?
95% of men take action to keep their heart healthy.
Men are also skin savvy, but still need work on their safe sun practices
82% of men use skin care products for healthy skin, but 33% rarely or never wear sunscreen.
Do you think you complain about being sick more or less than women?
The majority of men say they complain less than women about being sick.
One surprising note is that fathers today are generally more hands-on with their children than previous generations.
Who handles more of the diaper changing duties?
33% of men said they handle more of the diaper changing duties at home.
Who makes more childcare decisions?
36% say they make more childcare decisions than their partner and only 11% they make these decisions together.
TODAY IS THE DAY
Everyone one of us has fathers, grandfathers, brothers, nephews, and cousins in our lives who mean a great deal. There is never a better time than now to remind them of how much they matter, and gently encourage them to pursue a more active lifestyle. National Men’s Health Week is a great reason to start that conversation.
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