It’s a special month for fathers and father figures. This Sunday, we’ll celebrate all the men in our lives who have encouraged, inspired and made an impact on us. The word “father” isn’t restricted by a biological component, but rather is defined as “a man in relation to his child or children.” Take some time to reflect on the men who are a part of your life in big ways and be sure to let them know how appreciated they are. If you’re looking for a few great gift ideas, check out today’s LEAP Foundation DC post that contains meaningful ways to show how grateful you really are.
But June 21, 2020, is just one day out of 30 days that raises awareness for the importance of these important paternal figures. June is Men’s Health Month and there is no better way to honor the men in your life than to become aware of critical health topics and raise awareness about the importance of early detection and overall health and wellness.
According to menshealthmonth.org, 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.” With recognition from the White House, activities throughout the 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.”
Here are a few statistics you should know about men’s health, per CDC data found at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/mens-health.htm
12 percent of men aged 18 and older are in fair or poor health.
30.9 percent of men aged 18 and older have had five or more drinks in one day.
Only 57.6 percent of men aged 18 and older have met the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity through leisure-time aerobic activity.
36.6 percent of men 20 and older suffer with obesity.
33.1 percent of men 20 and older have hypertension.
12.2 percent of males younger than 65 don’t have health insurance coverage.
The leading causes of death for men include heart disease and cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, African American men and Caribbean men of African ancestry are more likely to develop prostate cancer than men of others races. https://www.cancer.org/healthy/find-cancer-early/mens-health/cancer-facts-for-men.html
Here’s how you can get involved:
Wear blue on Friday, June 19, to raise awareness for education about men’s need to seek regular checkups or health issues that affect men like testicular, prostate and penile cancer.
Organize a virtual health fair.
Reach out to the man in your life to ask when his last check-up was and encourage him to make an appointment today.
Encourage your men to quit smoking, get moving and eat healthy.
Gather the men in your family and discuss family history and specific health risks.
Use your social media platforms to share statistics and facts.