The Friday Five – Men’s Health Week
June is Men’s Health Month and the purpose is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day and Wear Blue Friday is also celebrated during that week. The week 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. This week’s Friday Five shares some shocking facts and statistics about men’s health, what they can do to improve their health and some preventative measures they can take.
Men’s Health Facts
According to Dr. David Gremillion from Men’s Health Network, “There is a silent health crisis in America…it’s the fact that, on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.” It is well known that men attend preventative appointments less often than women and are also much less likely to ask for help. Take a peek at these Men’s Health Facts compiled by Men’s Health Network for more important information and statistics.
— Healthy Minds Philly (@HealthyMindsPHL) June 7, 2018
Health Tips According to Age
Parag Shah, MD, internal medicine physician at Bon Secours Medical Group, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, believes that once a man hits 40 it becomes very important to get an annual physical exam since “this is when vascular disease becomes more common, leading to heart disease, stroke and circulatory problems.” Dr. Shah offers guidelines for what men across certain age groups should be screened for at checkups.
June is #MensHealthMonth.
Turning 40 is an important age for getting serious about your overall health. Here are some simple guidelines men (of all ages) should follow to ensure they stay #healthy: https://t.co/WpmLkLN4v6 https://t.co/wtWNgpvYKl #Healthcare pic.twitter.com/QCiodbbEbU
— CareVoyant (@CareVoyant) June 7, 2018
The Guide to Getting & Using Your Health Records
You have a right to your health record — and it can help you take control of your health, well-being, and safety says The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. It is imperative that we have access to all of our medical records in order to navigate the healthcare system successfully these days. We need to advocate for ourselves and a good place to start is collecting our own personal medical information. The ONC offers a step by step guide for just how to do it.
— MarieGabrielleLaguna (@docprogrammer) June 7, 2018
Getting Active – Tips from the American Heart Association
According to the American Heart Association the benefits of regular physical activity are undeniable. Something is better than nothing, and everyone has to start somewhere. Even if you’ve been sedentary for years, today is the day you can begin to make healthy changes in your life. The American Heart Association has the tools and resources to get you on the right path to a healthier lifestyle.
Celebrate #National Men’s Health Month by staying active. Play with your kids or grandkids, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or do some yard work. Here are some tips for getting active: https://t.co/3HI7QgPjtu #menshealthmonth #FitNOLA #LiveWell pic.twitter.com/GAk2bvMvOx
— Fit NOLA (@FitNOLA) June 7, 2018
Wear BLUE is a program designed to raise awareness of men’s health issues within your community while at the same time raising money for Men’s Health Network, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation. To participate, use the MHN’s online tools to plan your event with friends, family, coworkers, and colleagues.
June is #MensHealthMonth! This month we will help raise awareness about health care for men and focus on encouraging boys, men and their families to practice and implement healthy decisions. Be sure to #ShowUsYourBlue on June 15th for Wear Blue Day! @MinorityHealth. pic.twitter.com/PedYQGJIx7
— ABHW (@ABHWorg) June 1, 2018