Share the Gift of Men's Health
The Gift of Men's Health
Why Men's Health Week?
Due to a lack of awareness, poor health education, and risky lifestyle choices, the American male's health and well-being are at a greater risk now then ever before.
The Goals of National Men's Health Week:
The goal of Men's Health Week is to create public awareness of preventable diseases and avoidable health risks. It is also to help encourage men to start choosing healthier lifestyle habits, by making routine doctor visits, and scheduling preventive screenings. These simple steps are the best way to protect and give our nation's men and boys the gift of good health.
Wear BLUE to Support Men's Health Awareness!
Wear BLUE, is a program designed to raise awareness of men's health issues within your community, while at the same time raising money for The Men's Health Network.
The Network is a national non-profit organization, whose mission is to reach men and their families, where they live, work, play, and pray with health prevention messages, tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient support.
To participate in this effort, please visit Wear Blue.Org for more information on how you can help!
The Men's Harvard Health Guide
This health guide should be required reading for any man between the ages of 18 and 80. The book's success is rooted in the no-nonsense approach of author Simon, the founding editor of the wildly successful Harvard Men's Health Watch newsletter, who has long been urging men to get in shape and stay that way. Simon uses the results of three Harvard studies of more than 95,000 men over the last 25 years to provide five main "answers" (diet, exercise, aspirin and other supplements, moderate alcohol, and behavior modification and stress control) to five main "maladies of men" (disorders of the genital area, sexuality and reproduction, benign prostate disorders, prostate cancer, and kidney and bladder disorders).
June is Also Men's Health Month
Men's Health Awareness
Men's Summer Health and Safety Tips - Tips From The CDC
Summer is a great time to build up your fitness program, enjoy fruits and vegetables, take a vacation, and have fun. It's also a time to pay attention to your health and safety.
Males are at increased risk for many injuries and health conditions due to preventable causes. Traffic accidents, poisonings, and falls are the leading causes of accidental deaths for men.
Below are tips to help you stay safe and healthy this summer and all year long.
1. Be water-savy.
In 2005, males were four times more likely than females to die from drownings in the United States. Alcohol use is involved in up to half of these adolescent and adult deaths.
- Learn how to swim. Never swim alone.
- Wear your life jacket while boating.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages while boating.
- Watch children in and around water.
- If you have a swimming pool at your home, install a four-sided isolation pool fence.
2. Leave fireworks to the professionals.
Males are injured by fireworks more than twice as often as females. About 45% of persons injured from fireworks are children ages 14 years and younger. Injuries are most commonly associated with fire-crackers, rockets, and sparklers.
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- If using fireworks, have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
3. Be safe on the road.
In 2005, 38% of male drivers ages 15-20 who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash, and 24% were drinking. Male high school students were more likely than female students to rarely or never wear seat belts. Males are about twice as likely as females to sustain a traumatic brain injury.
Drivers and passengers can cut their risk of dying in a crash by half simply by buckling up.
- Wear a safety belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle.
- Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or let someone drive who is.
- Wear a helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle, skating, or playing in contact sports.
4. Prevent sexually transmitted infections.
Sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS, remain a major challenge in the United States. In 2005, almost three quarters of HIV/AIDS diagnoses were for male adolescents and adults.
- The surest way to avoid transmission is to abstain from sexual intercourse.
- Be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.
- Use latex condoms. Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of certain diseases.
- Get tested.
Content Source: CDC Office of Women's Health
Department of Health and Human Services
A Prostate Health Guide
From The Men's Health Network
If you don't know what your prostate is, or what it does, you're not alone: most men don't. But you really should. More than 30 million men suffer from prostate conditions that impact their quality of life.
1. Over 50% of men in their 60s and as many as 90% in their 70s or older have symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
2. Each year over 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 30,000 will die of it.
3. Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) is an issue for men of all ages and affects 35% of men aged 50 and older.
This free website offers you a guide to the prostate and various conditions that can affect your health. Go to Prostate Health Guide to learn more.
Source and Text Reprinted With Permission From The Men's Health Network