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National Men’s Health Month

June is National Men’s Health Month! We focus on supporting men to take care of their bodies, minds, and spirits.The official symbol for the month is a blue ribbon and the purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases including: prostate cancer, heart disease, STDs, childhood injuries, smoking, gun violence, motor vehicle accidents, high blood pressure, and depression.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH MONTH:

1. Tweak your diet

Men’s Health Month is a great opportunity to change the way you eat. Cut back on alcohol this month and up your intake of water and healthy foods. If you do it for a month, you can do it for life!
2. Set some goals
Use this month to take stock of your health now and think about where you want it to be. Do you want to exercise more? Gain muscle? Eat more vegetables? Spend more time with family and friends? Set up an appointment with your doctor? Set small and achievable goals.
3. Get educated
Take this opportunity to read about the common health issues that are specific to men and how you can prevent them.

WHY NATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH MONTH IS IMPORTANT

1. That checks out

If you are worried about a symptom—a hurting knee, a persistent ache, a past injury, or mental stress that has gotten your attention—it can be easy to get in a cycle of worrying about it, but do nothing about it. Going to the doctor can do two incredible things: One, you can get help figuring out what is going on, and Two, knowing allows you to stop worrying and start attending to the concern! Men’s Health Month encourages you to get yourself checked out so you can feel better—and stop worrying.

2. A conversation starter
Men’s Health Month gets us all committed to talking about and supporting men’s health. Exercise plans get made, appointments get made, precautions are followed, and resolutions get addressed.

3. An excuse for pampering
Lots of things that are good for your body are also good for your soul! Play, pray, move, gather with others, laugh, relax, nap. And if anyone asks the occasion for such activity, you have an answer at the ready: it’s Men’s Health Month!