If you have a man in your life (or if you are a man) then you probably know how difficult it can be to get them to a doctor’s office. Whether it’s for a regular checkup or an annual screening, most men just do not take well to getting themselves looked at by a healthcare professional.
We know that the men in your life are strong, but even the strongest of men can fall victim to disease or illness and it’s important to always keep men’s health risks in mind. That is why every June is nationally observed as Men’s Health Month, and the week of June 11th through the 18th, as Men’s Health Week.
These Men’s Health observance days aim to raise awareness about health problems that commonly affect men and boys, and to promote the early detection of these diseases by way of regular screenings. They also offer opportunities for the community to get involved, create their own events, or hold a fundraiser in support of men’s health. If you would like to learn what you can do to participate, here are 3 easy ways you can get involved this June!
Men’s Health Awareness Month: Things To Do
Participate In Wear Blue Friday Or Wear Blue Day
Wear Blue Friday is June 15th, the Friday before Father’s Day. On this day, corporations, agencies, teams, workplaces, and individuals clothe themselves in blue and sometimes pin a blue ribbon on their shirts or jackets to show their support for men across the globe. If you miss the June 15th date, you and your friends can still plan a “Wear Blue Day” at any time that is most convenient during the month of June Make sure to take plenty of pictures to post on social media, and remember to use the hashtags #ShowUsYourBlue #wearblueday #menshealthweek or #menshealthmonth.
2. Engage On Social Media
Posting about Men’s Health Month on Facebook and Twitter can help educate many who may not have even known that June is Men’s Health Month, or what Men’s Health Month is about. Posting is easy, simply use the Social Media Toolkit provided by Men’s Health website, which comes with sample Facebook and Twitter posts, downloadable educational infographics, and a list of hashtags. You can also post pictures of any Men’s Health Month event you participated in.
Fundraisers don’t have to be overly complicated to work, in fact they can be as simple as setting up a jar in your workplace. You can even hold a fundraiser during a fun activity, such as a 5k run dedicated to men’s health, or a Wear Blue Day where each person wearing blue donates $5. To send the money in, simply go to the Men’s Health Network site, which is the national non-profit organization that hosts Men’s Health Month annually. The money will go toward free screenings and educational work to spread awareness.
If you are a family member of someone who has gone through colon cancer, prostate cancer, or any other disease that primarily affects men, then this month is especially for you and your family. The purpose of Men’s Health Month and the Men’s Health Network isn’t just to spread awareness to those at risk, but also to educate the family members on what they can do to protect their loved ones. That being said, you don’t have to be linked to someone who’s gone through men’s health diseases to show your support. If you’d like to book an appointment for a screening ultrasound, contact us or book an appointment today!