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June 1st not only marks the beginning of June, but it also signifies the start of National Men's Health Month with Men's Health Week leading up to and including Father's Day (June 17th).
The purpose of National Men's Health Month is to encourage all men to seek out resources that will help them lead healthy lives. Many initiatives include screenings, physicals, educational information, and encouragement to seek regular medical advice for disease and injuries. Plus, local organizations are invited to participate and the Men's Health Month Website provides activity ideas for promoting the cause. Some activities include a 5K Run/Walk, Health Fairs, and National Wear Blue Day.
The website MensHealthMonth.org offers many resources for both National Men's Health Month and National Men's Health Week. Here you can find information on prostate exams and prostate cancer, heart health, and steps one can take to move towards positive health habits. The website also has a link for resources on fatherhood, the effects male premature death has on families, and health facts to help make people more aware of the body and health. It is encouraged that adult men include their sons when investigating Men's Health Month and Men's Health Week, to teach them early on how to stay healthy and well-informed about their well-being.
Take this opportunity to take control of your health and well-being. Educate yourself on how to live healthier and longer by being actively involved in your healthcare. As Men’s Health Month shows, even small changes can make a huge difference and your family will thank you later.