Each June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities.
From the Men’s Health Month website: “The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month 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. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.”
How can you participate? The organization recommends the following ideas.
Wear Blue Day
Organizing a “Wear Blue Day” to help spread awareness of men’s health issues can be a great way to get others in your community or work environment involved in Men’s Health Month. Your team can choose any day during the month of June, set a fundraising goal, and perhaps even include a health screening or educational event.
Use the following resources to help you run the event:
Plan a Health Fair or Mini Health Fair
You can find a free event planner at www.mhnhealthzone.com. Talk to your workplace or community center about hosting a health fair with fitness and cooking demonstrations and health screenings. If that sounds like more work than you’ve got time for, you can contact the Men’s Health Month organization for information on brochures that you can provide in your workspace, church, or other organization.
Partner With A Local Business
Talk with a local business about setting up a table with brochures and more information on Men’s Health Month. There are health brochures to download at www.menshealthlibrary.com.
Take Care of Yourself, and Others
Get physically active by making time in your schedule for walking, golfing, tennis, or other exercise activities. Encourage your father, brother, uncle, or friend to join you.