Father’s Day has a healthier meaning

Next week we kick-off National Men’s Health Week. Today’s blog comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a teaser for next week.


Pfc. Vonnelliot K. Mitchell, 19, a small arms repair technician with Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, from Tacoma, Wash., is examined during sick-call hours at the CLR-17 Regimental Aid Station at Camp Pendleton, Calif. June 17. The corpsmen care for approximately 60 to 100 people a day.

National Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year the week leading up to and including Father’s Day, which is June 11-17, 2012. During this week, individuals, families, communities, and others work to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems, promote healthy living, and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

What Men Can Do

  • Lead by example. Be smoke-free, prevent injuries, and eat healthy.
  • Wear Blue:Choose a day that works for you, your group or team and wear blue to raise awareness about men’s health. Encourage others to wear blue.
  • Wear Blue to remind men of the importance of staying healthy.
  • Wear Blue and become part of a national health movement.
  • Find health providers which have weekend and evening appointments or have offices conveniently located close to home or work.
  • Stay up on the latest about men’s health at CDC by signing up for email updates in the top right corner of the Men’s Health website.

What Communities and/or Organization Can Do

  • Hold an educational event or presentation about men’s health issues, healthy living, and health care.
  • Plan a men’s health fair and be sure to cover topics such as heart health, injury prevention, cancer, and workplace safety. Check out Tips for Planning Health Events.
  • Encourage men to celebrate Men’s Health Week by seeing a doctor about annoying health problems or getting a thorough check-up.
  • Encourage the men and boys in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and seek regular medical care and early treatment for disease and injury.

What Women Can Do

  • Point out the connection between good health, physical, and mental performance in sports, work stamina, etc.
  • Encourage the men in your life to live a healthy lifestyle and get medical attention when needed.
  • Recruit male friends or relatives with good health habits to help reinforce lifestyle messages.
  • Point out the connection between good health and good physical, and mental performance in sports, work stamina, etc.
  • Remind him that his children will be influenced by the example he sets when forming life-long health habits.
  • Agree on an exercise routine that involves, and is enjoyable to, the both of you. If necessary, make the exercise out to be something for you that you need his support for even if it’s primarily for his own benefit.