In essence Well-Met Men is about 2 things – taking care of others, and taking care of yourself. As part of the latter, men’s health is a number one priority and a large number of posts here are about that. Every June the focus gets stronger as it is Men’s Health Month.
Anchored by a Congressional health education and screening program, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the country with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other health education and outreach activities. The centerpiece of Men’s Health Month is National Men’s Health Week, a special awareness period passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 31, 1994. For 2012, National Men’s Health Week starts on June 11th, and ends on Fathers’ Day, June 17th. Following the lead of Congress, Governors of the states have issued proclamations naming Men’s Health Week in their states.
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.
Next Week, June 11 to 17th, is Men’s Health Week. It is always set as the week leading up to Fathers’ Day, an appropriate time so that we men can focus on health for ourselves and our fathers. What better gift for our fathers than to make sure they and ourselves are in good health and around as long as possible to enjoy each other’s company? One way to do that is to follow some simple steps identified by Dr. Oz on his show as I detailed here. I encourage you to read the article I did on Men’s Health Week which talks about the top health issues for men.
Since it is also Great Outdoors Month, a great way to work on good health is to get outside and participate in the many activities that can be had in our National, State, and local parks including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, and more.
In many ways June is the Well-Met Man month due to it being Men’s Health and Great Outdoors awareness times. Let’s all take this time to reflect on and appreciate the health of our fellow men and the health the world in general.